Illegal human embryo clinic busted in Beijing

Surrogate mothers were paid up to 230,000 yuan. Photo: Corbis

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

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

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

Letters to the Editor, January 21, 2013

Delhi remains the crime capital of India. Photo: NYT

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

Healer faces 18 months for lapse

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

Treat the disease

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

East meets West for the treatment of inpatients

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

Free clinic caters for city's working poor

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

Scheme to let doctors open private clinics

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 urged to play greater role

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

Little chance of promotion for dispensers, court told

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

Survey finds need for night clinics

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

Lack of skin specialists 'costing lives of patients'

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

Doctor rapped over unlabelled medication

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

Elderly giving a cold shoulder to the health care voucher scheme

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

Sponge-in-eye case 'not result of human error'

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