Medical scorecard

The government will begin independent assessment and accreditation of public hospitals. Do you think this will help to improve service quality and reduce medical blunders? Write to us.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2008, 12:00am

Lawmakers demand inquiry into storm over nursing accreditation

An independent panel should investigate the nurses' accreditation controversy at the Institute of Technology, lawmakers said yesterday.

The Nursing Council last month refused to accredit the institute's associate degree in nursing, meaning its graduates cannot become registered nurses.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Scorecard to track quality of hospitals

Accreditation scheme aimed at raising health care standards

The government will begin independent assessment and accreditation of public hospitals, at a cost of about HK$1,000 per bed, in a bid to improve service quality and reduce medical blunders.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Thousands to be questioned in hospital survey

Patients to be asked opinions in the first poll of its kind

Several thousand public hospital patients will be asked about their views on waiting times, staff attitudes and even the quality of food on the wards in the first Hospital Authority-wide patient-satisfaction survey early next year.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Assessment to ensure hospitals make the grade

Expectations that our health system be of the highest quality are inevitable given constant medical advances and rising affluence. Confidence in hospital services has been hit by a series of mistakes by public and private doctors. The Hospital Authority has rightly responded by taking the first steps towards implementing an open, internationally recognised, accreditation mechanism.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


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9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Student nurses' failure to win accreditation prompts ministerial warning to colleges

The failure of some nursing students to get accreditation was a warning that colleges should not launch courses before getting professional accreditation, the health minister said yesterday.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Institute seeks judicial review of refusal to re-accredit course

The Hong Kong Institute of Technology is seeking a judicial review of a refusal by the city's accreditation body to renew the status of one of its courses.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

'Framework for improvement'

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards is an independent, non-profit organisation to improve the quality of health care through continual review of performance and accreditation. Established in 1974, it now has more than 800 member health-care organisations representing more than 1,000 individual organisations.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Medical tourists pack for Thailand

ABOUT 30 Hongkongers travel to Bumrungrad International hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, each month for medical check-ups, according to Winky Ho, the hospital's marketing manager in Hong Kong.

Bumrungrad is the only hospital in Thailand accredited by the US-based Joint Commission on International Accreditation.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Doctors' poor records risking patients' lives

Some private doctors could be putting patients' lives at risk in emergencies by failing to keep proper clinical records in hospitals, the Private Hospitals Association says.

The city's 12 private hospitals might boycott offending doctors in an effort to bring them into line, the chairman of the association's hospitals accreditation committee, David Fang Jin-sheng, said.

11 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Hospital check-up

Inside an office at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital in Happy Valley, a team of five prepared a checklist before setting off to inspect various departments and offices.

They were not health officials, but overseas health care professionals invited to act as 'detectives' to check if the hospital had maintained satisfactory standards.

1 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Bogus ads promote foreign tertiary courses

Bogus claims have been found in advertisements for tertiary courses offered by Australian and United States institutions.

The Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA) has discovered over the past few months advertisements in mainland newspapers and the electronic media on courses which falsely claimed its accreditation.

21 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Hospital maintains high standards

You reported on August 4 that a mother had claimed staff reductions were 'affecting the level of care at the exclusive Matilda private hospital'.

I would like to assure readers that the claims made by the mother, Stella Lee, are being investigated fully by the hospital.

16 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Doctors' fees could be listed in bid to boost patients' confidence

Private hospitals are working at establishing a more transparent schedule listing doctors fees in a move to regain consumer confidence, its association leader says.

Hong Kong Private Hospitals' Association president Dr Walton Li Wai-tat said that while fees and charges for patients before admission were listed, private doctors' fees in hospital were not.

20 Jul 2002 - 12:00am