Morgue mix-up: wrong body burned

Wife rushed to hospital after arriving at mortuary to discover another family had cremated her husband three days earlier

Wednesday, 8 March, 2006, 12:00am

Health Department plans to probe mortuary blunder

Updated at 6.52pm: The Health Department has set up an independent committee to probe a blunder at public mortuaries in which the body of a 90-year-old man was claimed and cremated by the wrong family.

The family of Wong Fong-ho, 90, on Tuesday arrived at the Fu Shan Public Mortuary only to discover that Wong's body had been taken away and cremated by another family.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Coroner orders Anson Chan's brother to attend court after no-show

A coroner will compel the former chief secretary's brother, John Fang Meng-sang, to give evidence at an inquest if he does not appear in the Coroner's Court today, having failed to attend yesterday's hearing into the death of model Annie Pang Chor-ying.

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Training call for hospital jail guards

Coroner's jury finds inmate died of natural causes, but dead man's family unhappy at limited use of video evidence

A coroner's jury has called for more training for prison hospital officers in handling inmates with chronic illnesses after returning a verdict that a prisoner died of natural causes, a heart attack.

29 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Video footage did not show prison assault, inquest hears

Video footage shown in the Coroner's Court yesterday appeared to contradict allegations of beatings against an inmate who died after being kept in an isolation cell at Stanley Prison hospital in July last year.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

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Be prepared for some macabre scenes in Riddles of the Dead - Modern Frankenstein (National Geographic Channel at midnight on Wednesday). If dead bodies are not your thing, be warned: this is graphic TV.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Tardy relatives may be charged extra for mortuary storage

Families who leave the remains of their relatives in government-run mortuaries for too long could be slapped with extra charges as a last resort as the government tries to ease the overflow problem.

17 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Workers fear witch-hunt for man who blew whistle on morgues

Fear has gripped mortuary workers in the belief that the Health Department is trying to find the 'whistle-blower' who exposed the piling up of bodies in morgues, a legislator said yesterday.

8 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Mortuary opens early to cope with demand

A new 'world-class' mortuary was opened two months ahead of schedule yesterday to ease pressure on the three other public mortuaries. It received 30 bodies from the mortuary in Hunghom.

Kwai Chung Public Mortuary, which cost $160 million and had been due to open in September, has storage space for 220 corpses, a room for keeping decomposed bodies and two autopsy rooms.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Health chiefs admit bodies pile up

Families receive apology over mortuary outrage

Two top health officials yesterday admitted bodies were sometimes piled on top of each other in the city's three public mortuaries, and apologised to the families of the deceased.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Photos of bodies at mortuary 'doctored'

Photographs published in several newspapers showing bodies with the limbs exposed stacked on top of each other at a government mortuary had been altered, the health minister claimed yesterday.

But Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok admitted bodies were sometimes stored on the floors of refrigeration rooms due to space limitations.

6 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Morgues pile bodies on top of each other and on floor: former worker

Bodies were sometimes piled on top of each other or left on the ground at the city's three public mortuaries because of a lack of fridges, a former worker said yesterday during a Commercial Radio phone-in programme.

The man, who did not disclose his name, worked in the Victoria Public Mortuary in Kennedy Town.

5 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Taskforce formed to probe model's death

Legislators told there was nothing amiss in initial investigation into the discovery of a skeleton in a flat owned by Anson Chan's brother

A police taskforce has been set up to review the death of a former model whose skeleton was found in an apartment owned by the brother of Anson Chan Fang On-sang.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Life or death debate

The case of a brain-damaged Florida woman has highlighted the right-to-life debate. Her parents want her kept alive while her husband feels she should be allowed to die. What do you think? Share your views. Write to us.

24 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

No place for politics in right-to-die case

Whether Terri Schiavo should be allowed to live or die involves fundamental issues of the right to life and the right to die with dignity. There is no easy answer to the question.

Her case should, ideally, be resolved by members of her family. But that has not proved possible.

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am