Marchers rally against top cardiac surgeon's suspension
Supporters of suspended cardiologist Dr Yu Cheuk-man - including some of his former patients - rallied at the Legislative Council yesterday calling on the Prince of Wales Hospital to reinstate him.
They asked why the Sha Tin hospital had suspended its former head of cardiology before an investigation into his work was completed, and urged lawmakers to put pressure on the hospital to allow the specialist to practise again.
Protester Chan Lai-chun said Yu had saved her husband Chan Ki-kai's life two years ago.
"He is a really good doctor," she said. "My husband had been treated by private doctors, but Dr Yu was much more sincere in helping us. He was willing to offer detailed explanations to my husband about his situation."
Yu has been banned from performing surgery since February, after the hospital received complaints from other doctors about the quality of his work.
The hospital's chief executive, Fung Hong, said earlier that four of Yu's patients had died and seven others had suffered serious complications after heart operations, some of which were high-risk procedures.
The hospital has set up two investigation committees, which are expected to submit their reports to the Hospital Authority soon.
About 20 supporters joined yesterday's protest outside the Legislative Council complex in Admiralty.
Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun said Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man should lead the investigation into Yu's work.
He said this was because the two committees set up by the hospital also needed to find out whether Fung had made a wrong decision in suspending Yu, and that this would be like Fung "probing himself".
Yu has said that the decision to suspend him was made in an "organised and premeditated" fashion.
But he has refused to speculate openly on the motive behind the complaints against him and his suspension.