Paramedics not keen on young observers

The Fire Services Department plans to let 300 young people follow an ambulance worker for two weeks. Photo: David Wong

It would be inappropriate for teenagers as young as 14 to witness unsettling scenes, and looking after them would increase the paramedics' workload, Wat Ki-on of the Ambulancemen's Union said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Ambulance system to be revised in bid to avoid delays

Hong Kong's Ombudsman said the present ambulance system causes delays in taking patients to hospital. Photo: David Wong

The Fire Services Department and the Hospital Authority have agreed to amend their ambulance system so that patients in urgent need of treatment are taken to the nearest hospital.

This follows criticism by the Ombudsman that the present system causes delays of up to 10 minutes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

The photo of the ambulance posted by netizen @BG2RHY onto Sina Weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner that night.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:19pm

China Digest, December 13, 2012

Following the incident last week in which a man run over by a truck died in an ambulance that became stuck in traffic, the Beijing Emergency Medical Centre said it would work more closely with the city's traffic authorities to avoid similar problems, Beijing Daily reports.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:28am

Emergency services back down on secrecy

The Fire Services Department has bowed to pressure to revise its media relations rules and give more information to journalists.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Media relationship in public's interest

For many years, internal guidelines have not required the Fire Services Department to tell the media - meaning the public - about ambulance calls unless at least eight people are injured or ill. The department offers no explanation why cases involving seven or six people did not warrant disclosure.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Journalists see red over ambulance secrecy rule

Internal guidelines prevent the Fire Services Department from telling the media about cases involving an ambulance unless at least eight people were injured or ill, the Journalists' Association was told yesterday.

The guideline was revealed at a meeting between the department and the association over the release of information.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Journalists unhappy with fire department releases

A journalists' group yesterday criticised the Fire Services Department for withholding information from the media since it adopted a new communications system at the start of the month.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


No regard shown for shoppers

In praising the protesters at the Hung Hom Bay Centre ParknShop, and elevating his arguments to a political level, Andrew Guthrie ('Protesters should be praised for innovative ParknShop protest', May 10) has missed an entire human dimension of the issue - that of the rights and physical inconvenience of other shoppers.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Take me to a private hospital, driver

Patients being transported in public ambulances may request to be taken to a private hospital under a new policy.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Criticism for late ambulances

The Ombudsman has criticised the Hospital Authority's non-emergency ambulance service for being late half of the time.

In one case, a patient had to stay overnight in a hospital because an ambulance did not arrive to pick her up until the next day.

22 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

42 die in Shanghai fire horror

At least 42 people died yesterday in a massive blaze in a downtown Shanghai apartment block that took off 'like a firework'.

16 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Don't wait to prioritise ambulance service

Essential public services paid for out of the public purse - that is, our taxes - tend to be taken for granted as a right. As a result, they are open to abuse. That is a quirk of human nature we have to live with. A prime example is frivolous use of our ambulance service that wastes hard-pressed resources.

2 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Expat's body found in flat with head injuries

Police are investigating the death of a South American expat after he was found with head injuries at a flat in Mid-Levels. A call was made to emergency services in English at 8.20pm saying the man had fallen sick at the flat in Cheong King Court, in High Street. He was confirmed dead at the scene by an ambulance crew.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Six charged with TST murder

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am