Mary Ann Benitez

Deadline for chicken licence buyout

Today is the deadline for live-chicken retailers and wholesalers to hand over their licences under a government buyout. At least 80 per cent are expected to surrender their licences. The earlier 85 per cent threshold for the plan to proceed has been dropped.

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008, 12:00am

Relatives of drowned helper want answers

Relatives of a domestic helper in Discovery Bay whose body was found floating off Tung Chung on Friday, days after she allegedly fled her employers' home, want to know why she drowned.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Students voice concern over alleged leak

A group of fifth-year medical students from the University of Hong Kong yesterday said they were concerned about claims exam questions were leaked. In an open letter, they said it was 'irresponsible for anyone to devalue our studies without having gone through it themselves'. The faculty has formed a panel to investigate the alleged leak by a professor of surgery ahead of an exam.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Patients to be asked what they think of medical care

The Hospital Authority is to conduct a patient satisfaction survey as a first step to implementing World Health Organisation recommendations on patient care.

This comes after a series of high-profile blunders, including the death of a patient at Tuen Mun Hospital who received contaminated blood during a transfusion.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rare breast cancer victim 'lucky'

Tina received a rude shock when she was told by her doctor that she had inflammatory breast cancer two years ago.

She had thought her breast cancer nightmare was over after undergoing radiotherapy for Stage 0 breast cancer in 2001. Tina then turned to the Web to learn more about inflammatory breast cancer.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Judicial review hearing ends

A hearing on a judicial review against a Medical Council decision to postpone a disciplinary hearing against a surgeon ended yesterday. Court of First Instance Justice Barnabas Fung Wah reserved his judgment. The council decided on January 31 not to proceed with a hearing against surgeon Donald Greig over misleading advertising.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hospital will run as private-public trial

The proposed Tung Chung Hospital will be the first operated as a private-public partnership and the government expects it to open in phases in 2012. The Food and Health Bureau was working on the operational details before the project was put to tender, the Legislative Council's health services panel was told yesterday.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hygiene probe on imported chicken

Food authorities were seeking information from their mainland counterparts yesterday about a report that some plants processing chilled chicken were sourcing birds from dubious farms.

'We are very concerned about the report,' a spokeswoman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said. 'We have immediately contacted mainland authorities to take follow-up action.'

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

'Heart's blood' of quadriplegic Ah Bun to hit book shops next week

The story of Ah Bun, the city's most famous quadriplegic, and why he asked to be allowed to die will be in bookstores on Tuesday.

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Siblings scarred in Guangdong blaze begin specialist treatment

A mainland brother and sister left with horrific scars after a house fire two years ago had operations in Hong Kong yesterday as a first step on the long road to recovery.

Xu Yanqin, now nine, was left unable to walk after suffering severe burns to her limbs when she went back into their burning house in a rural area in Guangdong to rescue her brother, Xu Zhilin, now four.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Visits down slightly over holidays

A daily average of 5,317 people attended public accident and emergency departments over the Ching Ming and Easter holidays, just 1.7 per cent off the daily average last month of 5,407, the Hospital Authority said. Bucking the trend was Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, which saw a 6.5 per cent upswing to 348 during the holiday, compared to 327 last month.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog group ignores 89pc of hospital gripes

The Hospital Authority dismissed 89 per cent of patient complaints scrutinised by its public complaints committee last year, prompting calls from a patients' rights group for an overhaul.

The 24-member committee also rejected an average of 89 per cent of complaints in the previous four years.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

HKU medical fees row deepens over claim of income discrepancy

The University of Hong Kong's private patients' fee-splitting saga became more convoluted yesterday after medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki said he had evidence to show the HKU medical faculty apparently earned less from private patients, despite seeing double the number of the rival Chinese University medical school.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Pregnant mainlanders rush to book beds

Four public hospitals and six private hospitals have already filled their February quota for pregnant mainlanders - well ahead of the 'no hospital booking, no entry' policy that kicks in on Thursday.

Some of the hospitals are fully booked until the end of April, as 697 pregnant mainlanders have rushed to get delivery bookings at public hospitals in recent days.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Test run to stop pregnant mainlanders

Immigration officers started a trial at Lo Wu yesterday on stopping pregnant mainland women from entering Hong Kong without prior hospital bookings.

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am