Medical Ethics

Ah Bun's moving book an inspiration for doctor

A quadriplegic's autobiography helped leading doctor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu have more empathy with his patients, he told a seminar yesterday.

Monday, 25 February, 2008, 12:00am

Doctor only one punished in hospital death inquiry

A Prince of Wales Hospital doctor who mistakenly injected a drug into a cancer patient's spine will be denied a pay rise and promotion for three years.

But no other staff will be disciplined for this mistake, in which a 21-year-old woman died.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Health fears

A hospital administrator has warned that a move to cut public doctors' working hours could 'endanger the safety of patients'. Do you agree and if so, what steps should be taken to lessen the risk? Write to us.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


No winners in gambling craze

The Hong Kong Jockey Club now allows horse owners to bring their children to the races. The Jockey Club has changed its rules because of repeated requests from the owners.

Club officials have emphasised that children are not allowed in betting areas.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Revitalised Ah Bun reflects on letter that changed his life

After his book, I Want Euthanasia, became one of the best-sellers this summer, quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun is looking for a new challenge - ruling out another book for the time being.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Clearing up some misconceptions in the euthanasia debate

I refer to your editorial, ('Right to die is for debate, but not assisted suicide', August 12).

I was one of the speakers in the forum you mentioned. Your view against helping the disabled to commit suicide is highly commended. However, I would like to point out a misconception in your editorial.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Legalising euthanasia 'may pressure weak'

Don't back path of no return, says quadriplegic

Legalising euthanasia may put pressure on ailing and handicapped people to choose death to avoid becoming a burden on society and their families, the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care and the Direction Association for the Handicapped say.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Right to die is for debate, but not assisted suicide

Euthanasia raises such difficult personal, moral and legal questions that societies around the world have struggled to come to terms with the issue of making it lawful. In Hong Kong, the question has attracted public attention as a result of the heart-rending case of Tang Siu-pun, a 37-year-old quadriplegic who has been dependent on others for most of his basic needs for 16 years.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Do young drug abusers need more support?

A 13-old-girl who was partying in a Mong Kok nightclub died after taking an overdose of the party drug ecstasy.

In another incident, five Hong Kong students were arrested for drug-related offences.

I think we need to look seriously at drug abuse by young people.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Stop treating this brave man like a child

When will people stop calling quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun 'Bun Chai'? In Cantonese, it literally means 'little Bun'. It is the way you would address a child, someone who is younger or socially inferior, but for whom you have certain affection. Yet this is how newspapers and television news unfailingly refer to him.

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Fight for justice by Mao-era victims

I'm writing in response to the article 'Survivors will not go quietly' (South China Morning Post, April 23).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the anti-rightist campaign in China - a purge carried out by Mao Zedong in 1957.

Thousands of so-called rightists were persecuted under the then-Communist regime.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Euthanasia activist finds purpose pursuing death

Ningxia native Li Yan has battled muscular dystrophy for all but one of her 29 years. She talks about her weblog campaign for legislation allowing euthanasia to be introduced on the mainland.

How much has the disease changed your life?

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Doctor gets one-month suspension

Private clinic dispenses wrong medicine to diabetic patient

A doctor was suspended from practising for one month after wrongly giving a long-term diabetic patient medicine for high blood pressure.

Dr Shum's licence will be suspended in one year.

23 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Doctor barred from practising for 3 months

A gynaecologist has been barred from practising for three months after she burned a woman's genitals while treating her for a venereal disease she did not have.

Gan Mie-fang, 62, was found guilty on a charge of professional misconduct by the Medical Council last night in the first case against a private doctor for not seeking a patient's consent in prescribing a treatment.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Brel's muse tells why she chose to end it all

They toasted with cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, as they sat around her bed and waited for her to die.

In her last moments, Madeleine Zeffa Biver, 69, looked back on her exotic life.

'Yesterday, I cried a lot I think because I have come to terms with all the good things in my life. I have always been at odds with everything.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am