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  1. Hospitals urged to ban standby lists for mothers

    Posted Nov 27th 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Private hospitals should review their booking systems, the director of health said yesterday in response to complaints that some pregnant women had been denied beds. 'There should not be a standby list for maternity services - it creates uncertainty and confusion,' Lam Ping-yan said. 'If a mother cannot secure a bed at the last minute, it causes much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617221/hospitals-urged-ban-standby-lists-mothers
  2. Strike organiser admits mix-up

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The organiser of the social workers' strike has admitted failing to tell protesters in advance of an arrangement that the welfare chief would only accept one petition in person. Speaking on an RTHK radio show yesterday, Peter Cheung Kwok-che, the convenor of the Fight for Equal Pay Equal Work Alliance, blamed the chaos on miscommunication between organisers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617669/strike-organiser-admits-mix
  3. Consumers may get more protection

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Watchdog tackles unfair practices after receiving more complaints The consumer watchdog is to propose new laws to stamp out unfair trade practices. The move, expected later this month, follows a raft of complaints, most of which have been against pay-TV companies and beauty salons. Consumer Council chief executive Connie Lau Yin-hing said the proposed legislation would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/618049/consumers-may-get-more-protection
  4. Singapore reiterates support for one-China policy

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday used talks with his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, to deliver a warning against any steps towards Taiwanese independence. The official ... referendum on United Nations membership ... we want to express our highest regard,' Mr Wen said. Reiterating Singapore's position, Mr Lee described the mainland as an important partner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/616229/singapore-reiterates-support-one-china-policy
  5. Elderly struggle with phone booking

    Posted Nov 26th 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee An overwhelming majority of elderly people do not know how to make telephone bookings for public hospital services, a survey by the Society for Community Organisation found. Of 100 people aged 60 or older not on welfare, more than 80 per cent did not know how to use the automatic phone booking system for the Hospital Authority's general outpatient clinics. Many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617112/elderly-struggle-phone-booking
  6. Hospital fee dodgers face treatment ban

    Posted Nov 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee Mainlanders who do not pay bills will be denied non-crisis services Non-local patients who have outstanding medical bills will be banned from receiving non-emergency hospital services from next month. Rights groups and cross-border families are outraged and renewed calls for the fee charged to mainland wives of local residents giving birth in Hong Kong to be scrapped. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/616675/hospital-fee-dodgers-face-treatment-ban
  7. Flat owners upset by order to tear down illegal walls

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee Residents in Kwun Tong have criticised the government after they were given just three months to pull down unauthorised walls blocking the balconies in their flats. About 350 households in Yuet Wah Street received removal orders last week to demolish the illegal concrete or aluminium structures, which were erected to enlarge their living rooms or bedrooms, and return ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/612840/flat-owners-upset-order-tear-down-illegal-walls
  8. Birthing pains

    Posted Dec 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee Mainland women whose spouses are Hong Kong ID cardholders used to enjoy the same subsidised medical services as locals. From April 1, 2003, the Hospital Authority grouped the mainland wives of Hongkongers as non-eligible people and charged them HK$3,300 a day delivery on a general public ward. On September 1, 2005, the authority raised the fee to HK$20,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617940/birthing-pains
  9. Hospital fee dodgers face treatment ban

    Posted Nov 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee Non-local patients who have outstanding medical bills will be banned from receiving non-emergency hospital services from next month. Rights groups and cross-border families are outraged and renewed calls for the fee charged to mainland wives of local residents giving birth in Hong Kong to be scrapped. Since February, the women have had to pay HK$39,000 to give birth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/616681/hospital-fee-dodgers-face-treatment-ban
  10. More staff to enforce ordinance

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The government will hire more staff next year to enforce the Chinese Medicine Ordinance. All provisions of the ordinance, which governs possession, sale, import and export of Chinese herbal medicines, take effect in January. Provisions relating to the licensing of Chinese medicine traders have been in effect since 2003. Deputy secretary for Health, Welfare and Food ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615358/more-staff-enforce-ordinance

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