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  1. Poor rating for public housing service

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam Public housing officials offer the city's least satisfactory government service, according to a Hong Kong Research Association's random telephone survey of 1,662 people this month. Rubbish recycling and public health care services are rated the next two least satisfactory items while the highest ratings cover electricity, water supplies and emergency ...

  2. To serve and to collect: the 10 personalities of public service

    Posted May 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in financial losses of 27.1 billion yuan (HK$32.5 billion) in in 2007 from misconceived projects and wasteful spending. 'Double-expert cadres' are adept at stealing public funds and taking ... not delivering better services. Somewhat different are 'ceiling-cadres', who are no longer motivated at the dead end of their career or close to retirement. Indeed, many start living ...

  3. 10 years since lawsuit, little has improved for public doctors

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The grievances of the city's public doctors over long hours and heavy workloads are not new. Ten years after launching legal action to fight for overtime compensation, young ... that together have exacerbated the situation for public doctors. Factors such as poor manpower planning, the booming private sector, the lack of promotion in the public sector and growing demand ...

  4. Flying service heading for the jet age with two new acquisitions

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang The Government Flying Service will buy two jets to replace the fixed-wing propeller aircraft used for search- and-rescue missions. 'The new planes are faster with longer ... of Hong Kong. Chan said the tender process to acquire the aircraft was still under way but that they were expected to enter service by the first quarter of 2013. The planes are usually the first ...

  5. It is time for the government to bring in general services tax

    Posted Jan 17th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of income. With this new tax, the government could do things like improve social welfare, build more public housing and lower income tax. After all, the services tax would not be aimed at people ... is to have a general services tax. At the moment, the government has to keep land prices high to ensure a recurrent income. This is not a clever way to ensure economic survival because one day all ...

  6. Officer accused of using police van as airport taxi service

    Posted Aug 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... the incident raised concern over the abuse of public resources. He called on the police commissioner to explain the case. It is understood that Ziemann told the force's management that he saw ... that officers' actions have become the subject of public concern. Two weeks ago, three off-duty officers were allegedly arrested with prostitutes during an anti-vice operation on the mainland. Last ...

  7. Rethink needed on location and short opening hours of HK's public libraries

    Posted Aug 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... I have always understood that governments structure their public library policy in order to promote citizens' reading habits, particularly young children. However, I am always amazed at how the Hong Kong government has presented public libraries to us. Its bizarre choice of locations and opening hours have undoubtedly resulted in these places being less appealing and less ...

  8. Public hospital nurses say departing colleagues are not being replaced

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Almost every public hospital nurse who responded to a survey said staff who left were not being replaced, while nine out 10 patients agreed there was a shortage of nurses. ... statistics, public hospitals lost 4.91 per cent of registered nurses and 3.54 per cent of enrolled nurses in the year 2009-10. Of 637 nurses who left, about 340 have 10 years or more of experience. ...

  9. Physical and mental fatigue may affect public doctors' judgment

    Posted Apr 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... We are writing in our personal capacity as senior doctors in internal medicine with both clinical and managerial duties. We feel obliged to bring to the attention of the public the concerns expressed by public hospital doctors over their overwhelming workload and manpower shortages. The debate over doctors' working hours and compensation for overtime might have given ...

  10. Anger over quota that helps civil servants beat queue for public flats

    Posted Apr 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... (HK$28,065 a month), junior police officers and rank-and-file officers of the disciplined services can apply. The maximum monthly household income for a family of four applying for a public rental ... providing housing benefits for its staff and as a provider of public service. 'The government has been striking a good balance through the implementation of the civil service public housing ...




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