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  1. Suicide prevention gets boost

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Four civic groups agree to co-ordinate efforts and raise public awareness Four civic groups yesterday joined hands to fight suicide as part of a global initiative to mark the first World Suicide Prevention Day today. Hong Kong's suicide rate reached ...

  2. Hospital Authority 'cheating public'

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The Hospital Authority has been accused of cheating the public in its scheme to document doctors' working hours. Last year, the authority introduced 'doctors' work reforms' at some hospitals in a pilot programme that aims to reduce a medic's working week to 65 hours or less. The authority also wants to reduce the number of continuous hours worked. ...

  3. Talk to us earlier, drugs chief urges doctors

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The one-week suspension of Queen Mary Hospital's bone marrow transplant unit - where patients have contracted a rare fungal infection - might have been avoided if the only drug able to control the infection had been stocked earlier, the hospital's pharmacy chief said yesterday. William Chui Chun-ming, head of pharmacy services for the Hospital ...

  4. Economic downturn helps government hospitals retain staff

    Posted Feb 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The serious shortage of doctors and nurses at public hospitals has received some relief, as medical workers have been seeking job stability and training opportunities in the public sector. The Hospital Authority projected that the turnover figure for the approximately 5,000 public doctors would be 5.1 per cent for 2008-09, the lowest in five financial years. Ching ...

  5. HKU infection expert gets more than he can give in Sichuan visit

    Posted May 24th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A Hong Kong infection-control expert who has just returned from Sichuan said he gained more than he gave during the unforgettable trip. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said his five-day trip to Chengdu and several towns affected by the earthquake was one of the most special moments of his life. 'As a doctor, I have come across many life-and-death ...

  6. Go private, clinic patients urged

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Long-time patients who have been attending public health clinics for more than five years will be encouraged to switch to private doctors while continuing to receive subsidised medicine from the Hospital Authority, under a proposal being considered to relieve overburdened public hospitals. Long waiting times at clinics have been a growing headache for the authority, which ...

  7. Health-care plan targets workers, say protesters

    Posted May 19th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee A group of unionists protested yesterday against the government's health-care financing reform, which they said would increase many workers' financial burden. The government launched a three-month public consultation on the reform in March and proposed six financing options: social health insurance, out-of-pocket payments, medical savings accounts, voluntary ...

  8. Selling unregistered drugs may lead to tougher penalties

    Posted May 20th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee Crackdown urged after virility pills cause illness The government will consider increasing the penalties for the sale of unregistered drugs, a senior health official said. Health Department deputy director Gloria Tam Lai-fan was responding to legislators' calls for tougher penalties following several cases in which men became ill after taking unregistered ...

  9. First he was denied vital surgery - now this man says he's being denied justice

    Posted Feb 11th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... The Hospital Authority and Prince of Wales Hospital have been criticised by the Ombudsman for giving 'false hope' to a patient whose life-saving liver transplant was called off at the last minute. But the complaint by patient Leung Chi-ming that ...

  10. Painkiller use on rise for minor operations

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Hannah Lee

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