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Medical Ethics

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.

Wednesday, 2 February, 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

Life and death

Some of this century's greatest developments have undoubtedly been in medical technology. Machines can now take over when the heart ceases to beat; and people can often be kept 'alive' when even the brain has ceased to function.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Doctors give support to euthanasia

About six in 10 SAR doctors support euthanasia and would comply with a patient's request to turn off a life-support system, a ground-breaking survey found.

In the first survey on the subject, researchers found general acceptance of euthanasia among doctors and the public.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

A bug's life

Super bugs are not just the stuff of drama. We should be aware of them every time we go to the doctor with a minor ailment, as RTHK's Hong Kong Connection (Pearl, 6.50pm) reminds us. Hong Kong appears to have been particularly ignorant about the limitations and, now, dangers of antibiotics. Many people are dissatisfied if they leave their doctor without a bag of antibiotics.

26 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Doctors laid low by attacks on profession

SCATHING and repeated attacks on doctors have left many in the medical profession jaded and lacking enthusiasm to continue practising.

Doctors who talked to the Sunday Morning Post said the almost 'non-stop' barrage of criticism against the profession, mostly sparked by the Harvard report on health-care reform, was depressing.

29 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Opt-out organ donation needed

An 'opt-out' plan for donating organs has been rejected by the Legislative Council.

The plan states that people's organs should be used after their deaths unless they say otherwise.

22 Jun 1999 - 12:00am