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Medical Ethics

Serious complaint

The Mental Health Ordinance provides that doctors and dentists may treat a mental patient without his or his guardian's consent if it is done in his best interest.

Monday, 24 April, 2000, 12:00am

Drug hearing

Toronto: Jim Wakeford, the first Canadian legally allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, returned to court to argue that the Government should also supply him with the drug.

14 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Internet doctors 'may be bad for you'

Private doctors being paid to give advice on an Internet health Web site were warned yesterday they could be putting patients at risk.

Dozens of doctors have signed up to give advice via a chat room at - an Internet health-care business which started yesterday.

28 Mar 2000 - 12:00am


The euthanasia law was passed by the Northern Territory of Australia's legislature by just one vote, 13-12, on May 25, 1995. It required patients to be 10 years or older, terminally-ill and suffering unacceptable pain and distress.

9 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Euthanasia wins doctors' support

Mercy killing has long been a controversial issue. It is complicated with moral, social, ethical and legal implications.

There are two kinds of euthanasia, passive and active.

9 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Spiritual dimension of dying so important

I refer to the ongoing debate on euthanasia.

The Guardianship Board was established as an independent statutory body by the Mental Health Ordinance (Cap. 136) in February 1999. We have jurisdiction to make guardianship orders for mentally incapacitated adults, including elderly persons suffering from dementia or stroke.

19 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Defending the right to die with dignity

I write concerning the letter from Associate Professor John Tse headlined, 'Passive euthanasia a licence to kill' (South China Morning Post February 1).

17 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Euthanasia debate deteriorates into confusion

The recent media furore over euthanasia has deteriorated into hysterical confusion.

8 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Important to develop guidelines

As a group of concerned medical practitioners, the Hong Kong Society of Critical Care Medicine, welcomes the attention the Medical Council and the public is paying to the important issue of the dying process of patients in Hong Kong.

7 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Courts to get life or death decision

Courts will have the final say on whether to turn off life-support for patients in irreversible comas, according to the new head of the Medical Council.

Guidelines will be issued to doctors on the decision to withhold or withdraw life-support from terminally ill or brain-dead patients in a move that has set off a debate over so-called passive euthanasia.

3 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Terminally ill given choice

Queen Mary Hospital plans to allow terminally ill patients to refuse further treatment or specify what treatment they want before they lose the power to communicate.

The move comes after the Medical Council announced plans to add new guidelines to the doctors' code of conduct on passive euthanasia.

2 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Let seriously ill dictate treatment in advance

The South China Morning Post has reported that the Hong Kong Medical Council (HKMC) will issue a code of practice sanctioning the withdrawal of life support when it has no therapeutic value to the patient. This must be welcome.

22 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Withdrawal of life support not 'euthanasia'

We, as members of professional societies of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who currently serve about 45 per cent of terminally ill cancer patients in Hong Kong, would like to respond to the articles on euthanasia (South China Morning Post, December 30 and 31).

20 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Code of ethics to sanction unplugging of life support in certain cases

The sanctioning of passive euthanasia under strict controls is to be written into the doctors' code of conduct for the first time.

Medical Council Ethics Committee chairman Professor Leung Ping-chung said the move could be acceptable for patients with no chance of recovery.

14 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Society should help make life and death decisions

The majority of doctors who I know, including myself, do not support mercy killing or euthanasia, no matter how hopeless the situation.

As doctors, we are not going to do any harm to our patients and take away life under whatever circumstances. There are always ways to help the suffering without resorting to mercy killing.

12 Jan 2000 - 12:00am