Shanghai's hospice wards offer terminal patients a better last stop

Terminal patients are often turned away by hospitals. Photo: AFP

Ten bedridden terminal cancer patients lie in the dimly lit, quiet hospice ward at the Jingan Temple Community Hospital in Shanghai. Most are cared for by auxiliary workers, who look after a few at a time.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

Axe murderer hopes insanity plea will spare life

Photo from the China Youth Daily of a memorial service held by hospital staff for murdered doctor Kang Hongqian in December.

Wang Yingshen, 62, was deprived of political rights for life and sentenced to death earlier this month after being charged with deliberate murder by the province’s Court of First Instance.

21 Feb 2013 - 4:26pm

Ex-President George H. W. Bush leaves hospital

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (right). Photo: Reuters

Former President George H. W. Bush was released from a Texas hospital and went home on Monday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues, a family spokesman said.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:00pm

Flu outbreak leaves A&E wards without beds

A&E wards suffer bed shortage in flu outbreak. Photo: Felix Wong

Four public hospitals' emergency units exceeded their full capacity last week amid a surge in flu cases, the Hospital Authority announced yesterday.

More than 500 temporary beds are being added to wards to meet the increase in patient numbers, which are expected to rise steadily over the next week as the winter gets colder.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

China Digest, December 20, 2012

A 17-year-old waitress was given a suspended sentence of three years in prison for drowning her newborn boy in a Haidian district toilet, the Beijing Morning Post reports.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Radio hosts taken off air after death of royals' nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Michael Christian and Mel Greig.

Two Australian radio presenters who made a hoax call to the English hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, were taken off the air yesterday after the nurse who took the call was found dead in a suspected suicide.

9 Dec 2012 - 7:32am

Letters to the Editor, December 7, 2012

South Korean pop sensation Psy started a trend. Photo: AFP

Many Western countries face difficulties balancing their budgets. One of the biggest factors is the ever increasing cost of health care, with a greying population and the development of better but expensive medicines and treatments.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:24am 1 comment

Arson suspected in fatal Taiwan hospital fire

Taiwan police arrested a patient at a hospital after a blaze tore through a hospital for seniors and mentally ill patients on Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 60.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Bedside vigil pits husband against hospital he blames for wife's woes

Luo with his now disabled wife, Huang Yong. Photo: Edward Wong

For the past three years, Luo Zhanmiao, a 73-year-old retired engineer, has slept on a "bed" made of three chairs fitted together alongside his 68-year-old wife at a public hospital in Guangzhou. For more than 1,000 nights, he has helped care for her. But his presence is also a protest of sorts against the hospital, which he says has caused his family a lot of pain.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:07am

China Digest, September 12, 2012


Toilets subject to nose test

12 Sep 2012 - 3:45am

Ye Zilong breaks new ground as eye doctor to the poor

Ye Zilong, at Beijing Huadu Yatai Hospital. Photo: Simon Song

A decade ago, Dr Ye Zilong was renowned for his ability to cure eye diseases. His patients included the wealthy, and distinguished government officials including former paramount leader Hua Guofeng, Mao Zedong's designated successor, who called Ye a "light bringer".

9 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

'Locals only' policies must not compromise economic freedom

View of the Hong Kong Central Hospital in Mid Levels. SCMP

The role of our private hospitals appears to change according to governments' preferences and social sentiment. Five years ago, medical services were deemed by the then chief executive, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, to be one of the pillar industries that could bring Hong Kong's economy to new heights. But his successor, Leung Chun-ying, apparently thinks otherwise.

7 Sep 2012 - 9:27am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, South China Morning Post, August 18, 2012

Non-urgent cases can be deterred

In recent years many Hong Kong residents have misused the Hospital Authority's accident and emergency wards by seeking treatment for conditions which are not emergency cases.

This means that patients who may have genuinely serious ailments have to wait before medical personnel can attend to them.

18 Aug 2012 - 2:37am

Brain drain

Do you think that incentives offered to doctors at public hospitals, including fast-track promotions and extra cash for emergency ward duty, will slow their exodus to the private sector?

14 Aug 2012 - 1:31am

Letters Question, August 13, 2012

Cut-price help.

Should the health minister increase the HK$100 fee for emergency ward consultations in public hospitals in an effort to deter people who do not require emergency treatment and thereby cut waiting time?

13 Aug 2012 - 9:58am