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Evidence-Based Medicine

Hospitals should report violence

Doctors are sworn not to do anything that would harm their patients. The Department of Health and the Medical Council are the responsible watchdogs.

Saturday, 17 September, 2011, 12:00am

Greater urgency needed to reform health system

Health secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok has offended public doctors by calling them petty-minded for wanting standard working hours, and then rubbed it in with a qualified apology if he hurt their feelings. Chow says patients often need round-the-clock care and many 'professional' doctors would not care what time they went off duty.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A simple checklist to save thousands of lives

A simple procedure is saving thousands of lives. Although it has been known for many years, it has not been widely used. This approach shows how sometimes simple ideas that respond to real needs can have a dramatic impact on people's lives and health.

22 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Doctor sees sense in EMBA

The road to a medical career is long and arduous, but Chan Pik-kei, a specialist in an intensive care unit at a public hospital, believes further education is required for those in the medical field. She was the first person with a medical background to sign up for an EMBA programme at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Asia.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

All government hospitals to cut doctors' hours

Doctors at some busy hospitals have had their work week cut to 65 hours under a pilot programme and, because of its success, the Hospital Authority will soon extend the scheme to all public hospitals.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Drug errors at homes for elderly raise concerns

The health minister has expressed concern over drug dispensing safety at private homes for the elderly after 34 blunders, including three deaths, in recent years.

Speaking after attending a radio programme yesterday, York Chow Yat-ngok said health officials were very concerned about drug errors at old people's homes.

23 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Private hospitals decry 15-minute target over maternity crises

Private hospitals have expressed strong opposition to part of a new government code of practice, which specifies an unprecedented 15-minute response time to maternity emergencies.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hospital under fire over alleged assault

Police not told of doctor incident

Members of the medical profession and a patients rights group criticised the Adventist Hospital yesterday for failing to inform health authorities and the police of an alleged assault at the hospital.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


Why HK needs a patient safety agency

S. P. Li has correctly called for more transparency regarding the incidence of medical mishaps in Hong Kong ('Real number of 'error' deaths unreported', February 5).

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hospital death sent to coroner

A 37-year-old woman died in October after suffering uncontrolled bleeding after giving birth at Prince of Wales Hospital, it was revealed yesterday.

A hospital spokesman said last night it could not respond to media questions about why the incident was only now being revealed.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Safety of patients assured over cut in doctors' hours

The Hospital Authority has given an assurance that a reform to cut doctors working hours will not be a 'numbers game', saying it will secure adequate resources to assure patients' safety.

Health-care workers have expressed fears that the reform to cap doctors' working hours at 65 a week by the end of 2009 could mean poorer services for patients.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Call to abolish drug-charging policy

Patients' groups and lawmakers yesterday urged the Hospital Authority to abolish a controversial scheme that requires patients to pay for 'non-essential' drugs.

More than 30 representatives from patients' groups yesterday staged a protest outside the authority headquarters in Kowloon City.

23 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Storage security tightened

I REFER to an article headlined, 'Hospitals warned over drug supply', written by Karin Bishop (South China Morning Post, April 24).

It is regrettable that the story has not been able to present the reader with a balanced picture. It has also failed to convey a number of important points discussed during my interview with Miss Bishop.

13 May 1995 - 12:00am

Reviews assure quality control

A QUALITY assurance programme was introduced by the medical faculty at the Prince of Wales Hospital for the first time in Hong Kong with the aim of promoting high standards of clinical practice and patient safety.

24 Apr 1994 - 12:00am