Medical Ethics

Sydney honour for China organ transplant doctor prompts outcry

Huang Jiefu

Australian academics are calling for a Chinese surgeon accused of harvesting organs from executed prisoners to be stripped of a University of Sydney honorary professorship. Huang Jiefu, who was trained in Sydney and was until recently China's vice-minister for health, now oversees Beijing's organ transplant committee.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 2:47am

Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

The photo of the ambulance posted by netizen @BG2RHY onto Sina Weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner that night.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:19pm

Luo Diandian campaigns for death with dignity

Luo Diandian

Most mainlanders spare no effort to obtain the best medical treatment available to extend the lives of loved ones in the terminal stage of an illness, but 61-year-old Luo Diandian is calling for a different approach: let loved ones die with dignity rather than draw out their suffering.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am 1 comment

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, who stirred debate on euthanasia, dies

Tang Siu-pun

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, whose appeal for the right to end his life sparked widespread discussion about euthanasia, died yesterday. He was 43.

"When he left us, all his family members, friends and classmates were beside him," a family statement said. "He left at ease, without any suffering."

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man described him as a "warrior of life".

10 Dec 2012 - 7:14am

Locked-in syndrome patient dies peacefully days after losing euthanasia bid

Tony Nicklinson, 58, had fought for assisted suicide. Photo: AP

A British man left paralysed but fully conscious and aware of his predicament died yesterday, days after losing a legal bid to end his life of "pure torture", his lawyers and family said.

Tony Nicklinson, 58, who had locked-in syndrome as a result of a stroke he had while on a business trip to Athens in 2005, died of natural causes.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Twist of faith

When the University of Hong Kong released the results of a study into the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depression recently, it wasn't the fact that 19.4 per cent of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms that was surprising.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Health issue that's tragically neglected

When tragedies involving mental patients attacking family members and strangers become regular occurrences, questions have to be asked whether our society is giving sufficient attention to the problem. Last week a man with a mental condition killed his wife and seriously injured three family members before jumping to his death from a Kwun Tong flat.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK$67m compensation package for medical staff

About 5,600 public hospital nurses and other staff will receive compensation for being on call on public holidays or days off from 2004 to 2009, the Hospital Authority said yesterday.

The one-off HK$67 million compensation package will cover both present staff and those who left their jobs. A compensation system for off-site call duty was introduced in 2009.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

16 charged over sale of 51 human kidneys

Sixteen people have been charged with organising the sale of 51 human kidneys for more than 10 million yuan (HK$12.3 million) in the mainland's biggest organ trading case.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mystery of kidney 'lost' on night out

A migrant worker claims he awoke on Thursday night in Dongguan to find himself 20,000 yuan (HK$24,600) richer but minus one kidney.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Slow progress on a legal black hole

Legal experts have been busy scrutinising draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law, but the recently released draft mental health legislation also deserves attention in the context of protecting human rights.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Rehabilitated patients earn less

More than half of rehabilitated mental patients earn lower salaries than before they were diagnosed, an Alliance for Advocating Mental Health Policy survey found. The alliance said such people would be hit even harder amid the financial crisis, and called on the government to hire rehabilitated patients to a level of at least 1 per cent of the civil service.

24 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Mercy killing or murder, euthanasia is still illegal

The debate about euthanasia flared up again last week with the death of a cancer-stricken French woman. Former schoolteacher Chantal Sebire, 52, suffered from a rare form of cancer which caused her face to become deformed and swollen.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Legally taking life

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are the only European Union states that allow euthanasia. A set of strict protocols have been set up to prevent abuse of the practice. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is carried out by the administration of an injection to render the patient comatose, followed by a second injection to stop the heart.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right

1. tumour

2. lethal

3. crusade

4. bed-ridden

5. expedite

a. long and determined effort to achieve something that you believe to be right

b. fatal, causing death

c. speed up

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am