Foxconn flouts labour law with under-16 interns in Shandong

Foxconn factory. Photo: Reuters

Foxconn Technology has admitted that interns as young as 14 have been found working at a subsidiary in Yantai, Shandong province. "Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks," Foxconn said yesterday. "This is not only a violation of China's labour law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions."

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 7:17am

Doctors trying to scupper overseas hiring

A move by the Hospital Authority to hire overseas doctors to address a staffing crisis will face stiff resistance from a powerful group of local doctors on the Medical Council, which has the power to scupper the plan.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

50pc rise in applicants for full-time MBA course

The number of applicants for the full-time MBA programme at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has jumped 50 per cent amid the economic downturn.

But the dean of the business and management school, Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon, said applicants for the part-time masters of business administration programme had fallen 10 per cent compared with last year.

3 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Australian medical system relies on Asia

Students from Hong Kong and other Asian countries who graduate in medicine from Australia's universities are helping overcome a critical shortage of doctors, especially in the country's rural areas.

Research by associate professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne of Melbourne University found that just under half of Australia's medical workers are now overseas-born.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In our story on the long working hours of medical interns on page 3 of yesterday's Sunday Morning Post, we incorrectly named Queen Mary Hospital. Dr Emily Chan Ying-yang now works at Queen Mary but the experiences she described involved her training at another hospital. We apologise for the error, which was introduced in the sub-editing process.

22 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Dr Emily Chan works 90 hours a week and has seen colleagues collapse with exhaustion. It's part of being a Hong Kong hospital intern

Emily Chan Ying-yang is considered by many people as a capable young woman who has managed to continue doing voluntary work despite the rigours of a doctor's training.

But Dr Chan, who is president of the board of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Hong Kong, admitted she was once so stressed and exhausted during her training at Queen Mary Hospital that she broke down in tears.

21 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Experience changes intern's attitude towards adult workplace

After a week and a half of work experience as an intern at the Young Post, the biggest lesson I have learned is this: appreciate your time in school. Before, I could not wait to get out of school because I was under the impression that adults had it easy. For one thing, they never had to worry about homework or exams. They could slack off and play golf whenever they wanted to.

19 Jul 2000 - 12:00am


Junior doctors have spoken of their desperation in the hunt for work in a shrinking market. Dr Chan, a serving houseman who finishes his one-year internship at a public hospital in June, said he was highly anxious.

14 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Doctors must cope with pressure

Recently there have been some heated discussions about the long hours doctors have to work in hospitals in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, professionals are always under a great deal of pressure. A lot is demanded of them in the workplace and there is no reason why doctors should not have to put up with the same pressures.

3 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Doctors' survey on licensing exam biased, says legislator

A survey showing doctors overwhelmingly oppose exempting Hong Kong students trained in Commonwealth countries from a licensing exam has been criticised as biased and misleading.

The poll, conducted by medical legislator Dr Leong Che-hung, found nearly 85 per cent of doctors said students should not be registered without taking the Universal Licensing Exam.

4 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Fair to test all overseas medical graduates

In response to the article written by Jane Moir (South China Morning Post, January 3) on Hong Kong students studying medicine abroad, I would like to make the following points.

7 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Student claim

LOCAL medical students studying in Australia are being discriminated against, the Hong Kong Medical Association claimed yesterday after a Hong Kong student was refused an internship upon finishing her studies. The association has written to Melbourne University and the Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation in Australia to protest against the case.

1 Sep 1994 - 12:00am