Emergency Medical Services

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.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 4:28am

China Digest, December 12, 2012

Municipal lawmakers are planning to pass emergency legislation that would allow drivers to be cited if they do not yield to ambulances during emergencies.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Keep zero-birth quota on track

The administrative measures targeting mainland mothers who gate-crash emergency units appear to be working well. Photo: Dickson Lee

Tensions arising from an influx of mainland mothers giving birth in the city have apparently eased for the time being. Referring to a noticeable drop in September in the number of births without bookings, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hailed the measures he put in place as a success.

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

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

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

Paramedics upgraded on emergency births

The city's 2,700 ambulance officers will be given extra training in how to deliver babies to help cope with the growing number of mainland women rushing to hospitals in Hong Kong at the last minute to give birth.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital best for poison victims

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19 Sep 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

Ambulance breakdown delays treatment

A woman with heart pain received emergency treatment nine minutes late after an ambulance broke down on its way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, the Fire Services Department said. The vehicle, which was 10 years old and had a maintenance check this month, broke down near 66 Waterloo Road at 2.05pm. A replacement vehicle picked up the patient at 2.14pm.

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Another ambulance breaks down

Another ambulance broke down yesterday, one day after the head of the Fire Services Department conceded that some of its ambulances had a serious ageing problem and it was looking to accelerate the fleet's upgrade. The vehicle was on its way to an ambulance depot when the engine stopped in the Kai Tak Tunnel and could not be restarted. It had to be towed away.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Ambulances obstructed by drivers

Director of Fire Services Kwok Jing-keung said three cases involving drivers who had obstructed the work of ambulances were reported in the first six months of the year. All cases were referred to the police for further investigation. Mr Kwok said the department would prosecute anyone found in breach of the law.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Life savers

Ambulance officers practise resuscitation skills used to revive heart attack victims. The Fire Services Department has trained more than 4,000 security guards in resuscitation for its heart-saver scheme, which was launched in March. The free scheme will be extended to nurses in 7,000 homes for the elderly.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Don't abuse emergency services, staff told

The Fire Services Department has issued an order to prevent misuse of ambulances and is considering what action to take against a senior staff member found to have done so.

This follows an inquiry into complaints against the senior ambulance officer, some of which the Security Bureau said yesterday had been fully or partly substantiated.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Paramedic faces misconduct probe

Lawmakers outraged by claim senior officer took ambulance home to make soup

An inquiry has been reopened into the case of a senior paramedic who abused his seniority to make private use of ambulances - on one occasion using one to go home and make soup.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Fire chief defends plan to outsource ambulance duties

A fire chief has defended a plan that allows other medical and health service providers to handle ambulance duties to help reduce the heavy workload of paramedics.

The comment emerged after a Chinese newspaper report said the Fire Services Department Ambulancemen's Union planned to hold a 24-hour hunger strike on Saturday to protest against the outsourcing scheme.

13 Feb 2006 - 12:00am