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  1. Discontent over new contracts for doctors

    Posted Jul 15th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Frontline doctors complain they have been forced to sign new contracts that do not stipulate working hours. Medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki said he was shocked to learn from the Frontline Doctors' Union that the new contract, which covered more than 300 doctors, 'did not specifically mention their working hours'. 'What is worse ...

  2. Massages and tai chi on Work-Life Balance Day

    Posted Oct 17th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... all staff to work from home during normal office hours. The British Council is holding a tai chi class. Financial firm Barclays Capital will bring in masseuses to give staff neck massages. ... are taking part in Hong Kong's first Work-Life Balance Day, an initiative of the Community Business Leadership Team, a group of business leaders who want to raise awareness of corporate social ...

  3. Doctors' work hours may be capped

    Posted Sep 08th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... their working hours at 70 hours a week in an attempt to stop a legal challenge over their working conditions. The Public Doctors' Association has also been pressing for a weekly rest day and time off to compensate for working on public holidays. And it wants the authority to honour the 44-hour work week, as stated in some doctors' contracts. The lawsuit- filed by three members ...

  4. Police question maid for 15 hours over 'stolen' Octopus card

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A Filipino domestic helper who used an Octopus card she claims she found at a bus stop was detained and questioned by police for nearly 15 hours last week. Lorie Delgado, ... a police spokesman confirmed. She was asked to report back to police on June 3. Ms Delgado, who has been working in Hong Kong for 14 years, said she found the card on the ground at a bus stop last ...

  5. Hospital Authority's review of doctors' hours fails to convince

    Posted Oct 05th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A Hospital Authority committee has been set up to review the long working hours of public hospital doctors, but frontline medics labelled it a public relations exercise. The eight-member steering committee on doctors' working hours is chaired by executive councillor and former authority chairman Leong Che-hung. It includes two overseas experts, Andrew Foster, human ...


    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Vets are being called in to work part-time for $292 an hour in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which has been overwhelmed by work to seek ... the department had issued an urgent appeal to vets in the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to apply for the part-time posts. The part-timers' work will include animal control, rabies ...

  7. Clinic operator doubts need for 24-hour service

    Posted Jul 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Patsy Moy

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Patsy Moy One of the cornerstones of the proposed reforms is shifting non-emergency cases from hospital casualty wards to private 24-hour clinics. But one ... about a 24-hour operation but would take a wait-and-see approach. Spokeswoman Julie Chow Chi-lei said: 'We find our current practice very cost-effective, which is 24-hour on-call services ...

  8. 88pc of nurses suffer work stress

    Posted Sep 29th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Most nurses at public hospitals not only suffer from heavy work pressure but enjoy hardly any job satisfaction, a survey has found. Nearly 3,000 members ... reasonable standard should be one nurse for every five to six patients,' Professor Lee said. Some 90 per cent of those surveyed said their wards were understaffed, with the problem most severe ...

  9. Concern over quality of patients' interpreters

    Posted Aug 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Kai-chung, said at least 100 calls had been rendered to patients in the past two months by its team of 22 interpreters. He said each interpreter had undergone 20 hours of translation training conducted by doctors. But an academic and an advocacy group questioned the standard and quality of the interpreters. Andrew Cheung Kay-fan, a languages lecturer at Polytechnic University, said ...

  10. Ruling on doctors a 'dangerous precedent'

    Posted Mar 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Ella Lee and Mary Ann Benitez The court has set a 'dangerous' precedent by declaring unlimited working hours for public doctors, one of the plaintiffs in the landmark litigation ... surgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital, said some doctors have to work 32 hours non-stop but under yesterday's judgment, they would get no compensation for the work. 'It means doctors ...




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