Police and various regulators in Beijing cracked down on a medical group claiming to be from Hong Kong that had grown almost 300 human embryos a year in test tubes for surrogate mothers without approval from authorities, the Beijing Health Bureau confirmed online.Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 4:45am
It's a long and painful wait and they don't get much sleep, but elderly people still queue up in the early hours of the morning at one of the few government dental clinics in the city.10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 6 comments
Top ranking a poisoned chalice
I refer to the report ("Populist policies 'threaten HK's reign as freest economy'", January 11).
The US organisation with the pompous title, the Heritage Foundation, has given this top spot to the city "since the ranking started in 1995".21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 2 comments
A former Chinese medical practitioner was given an 18-month suspended sentence yesterday for continuing to treat patients despite being delisted for unprofessional conduct.19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Do we have enough doctors in Hong Kong? Is protectionism to blame for this perceived manpower crisis in hospitals? As soon as the people of Hong Kong decide how much to spend on public health care, it is easy to calculate the number of doctors to train (or import). We have about 1.8 doctors per thousand people in Hong Kong.14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Kwong Wah Hospital will provide the city's first inpatient service offering a combined treatment of Western and Chinese traditional medicine from the end of this month.
The public hospital will have its first batch of 110 hospital beds available for the combined treatment of patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, stroke, pain, cerebral palsy and diabetes.12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
New immigrant Coco Chui is one of 20 patients sitting in the Sham Shui Po office of a leading welfare group, waiting her turn to see a Chinese medical practitioner to ease her muscle pain.
Unlike for most patients, who pay HK$100 or more for a session of acupuncture like the one she will receive, Chui's consultation will be free.5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Doctors in five mainland cities will find it much easier to set up private clinics under a new pilot programme announced by the Ministry of Health.
The move is being hailed as a boon to health care administrators, doctors and patients. Large public hospitals may also become less congested as more patients seek treatment from private practitioners.30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Family doctors with additional training in psychiatry should play a more important role in the care of patients facing a long wait for treatment at public clinics, says Dr Choi Kin, the newly elected president of the Hong Kong Medical Association.30 Jul 2010 - 12:00am
Disgruntled pharmaceutical dispensers at public outpatient clinics took their grievances to the Court of First Instance yesterday, saying they are deprived of fair promotion prospects.16 Jul 2010 - 12:00am
Half of 352 former mental patients said they were adversely affected by a lack of night clinics, a survey by the Society for Community Organisation found. A quarter said they had to take leave from work to attend follow-up consultations, and 15 per cent said they feared that would lead to discrimination from colleagues.6 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
The lack of dermatology services at public hospitals is putting patients at risk, according to a frontline doctor who says elderly patients have died from skin disease complications because of a lack of prompt treatment.11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
A doctor who dispensed unlabelled medication has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
But he escaped serious punishment after swiftly admitting his errors and taking remedial action.18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
Only 40 per cent of eligible elderly people have enrolled in the government's health care voucher scheme, nearly a year after its launch, and they can only visit 2,500 practitioners in the city.
The statistics were revealed in a Legislative Council meeting yesterday, as Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok responded to lawmakers' inquiries on the scheme.17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
A tiny sponge fragment has been left in the eye of a glaucoma patient during surgery at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
But a top Hospital Authority executive officer has ruled out any human error in the incident.26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am