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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A welcome step to easing burden on public health care system

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of health services remains defined by lengthening queues and waiting times in the heavily subsidised public system. One of the recommendations of the Health and Medical Development Advisory ... SCMP Editorial Welcome step to ease care burden More than eight years after the last major report on health care reform, little has changed. The long-awaited voluntary health insurance ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to chickens, put public health above tradition

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Put public health above tradition Live poultry imports from the mainland will resume eventually, after suggestions we stop them altogether. But this could be reviewed ... to containing bird-flu viruses, but that does not dispense with the need for strong preventive measures in the event they mutate and spread easily among people. Public health must be put above ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to public finances, forewarned is forearmed

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... study, the working group appointed by the financial secretary has painted a gloomy picture of fiscal health in the longer term. If public spending continues to grow at the current pace ... SCMP Editorial Forewarned is forearmed Hong Kong's public finances are arguably the world's healthiest- continuous economic growth and budget surpluses; near full employment; ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    More doctors the obvious cure for overburdened public hospitals

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 03:10am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in the graduate internship year. There may be an argument for exposing new medical graduates to the public-health coalface of walk-in, affordable care, which is the basis of the city's well-regarded ... SCMP Editorial More doctors the obvious cure Queues for treatment at accident and emergency departments have long served as evidence of the need for a range of health care initiatives, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Should public libraries pay royalties?

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and culture as a platform for education, leisure and information. Its success owes much to building up a rich collection of works made available for free public use. In Hong Kong, libraries ... the government to introduce a public lending right, under which libraries pay royalties for books lent out. Their rationale is simple: readers are less likely to buy when books can be readily enjoyed ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    For health's sake, Hong Kong must ban live chicken imports

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that there is now every need to consider putting public health above tradition. ... SCMP Editorial Health must trump tradition The Lunar New Year will not be the same without chicken for the traditional family feast. For many Hongkongers, that is a disappointing start ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New rules will help keep beauty treatments safe

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and treatments. The public deserves more protection than a business certificate. Health minister Ko Wing-man has promised that guidelines under the Medical Registration Ordinance will permit only doctors ... regulation on the public hospital environment and otherwise keep the doctor-patient relationship at arms length, under professional self-regulation. As a result, according to one member of a Food ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cultural district's bike-hire plan could be start of a revolution in cycling

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a problem. A global study by an international consultancy has found that Hong Kong's public transport is the most advanced urban mobility system in the world. Interestingly, however, it found fault with the scarcity of bicycle paths and facilities, citing health and air pollution issues. Hopefully, the cultural district will one day be seen as instrumental in winning greater ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Talent pool for plum public roles needs refilling

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 04:22am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to an independent watchdog charged with redressing people's grievances arising from public maladministration. On the other hand, he or she is also a product of the system. There is no evidence ... diverse pool of talent from which it can draw to fill such important public appointments. The post of director of the Office of the Ombudsman, for example, could appeal to barristers who might ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Ban on trans-fats is the way to go Protecting public health should be a government's top priority. That is what the US administration is doing in seeking to ban ... in their mouths becomes government business. But the other side of the argument is public health. Labelling does not make food healthier. To ensure harmful additives do not make it to the shelf, a ban ...




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