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Britain announces plan to charge migrants for NHS access

Britain announces plan to charge migrants for NHS access

Britain announced plans yesterday to charge migrants hundreds of pounds a year to access its state-run National Health Service (NHS), in a bid to clamp down on so-called health tourism. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also proposed to stop giving visitors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) free access to general practitioners (GPs).

Thursday, 4 July, 2013, 3:31am

Weekend surgery most risky, study of English hospitals finds

People who undergo non-emergency surgery in English public hospitals at the weekend have an 82 per cent higher chance of dying within a month than those treated on a Monday, alarming new research shows.

30 May 2013 - 3:06am

Doctor exposed himself, says nurse

A doctor accused of molesting three nurses exposed himself to one of them after asking her to help him secure his trousers because he did not know how to use a safety pin, a court heard yesterday.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nurse shortage still 'unreasonable'

The shortage of public hospital nurses is still severe, with one nurse caring for 10 or 11 patients on average, a staff association survey found.

Even though this ratio is a slight improvement from last year's figure of one nurse for every 12 to 14 patients, it is still a far cry from the international standard of one nurse for four to six patients.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Why nurses leave public hospitals

Recently, with the aim of easing the shortage of nurses, the Hospital Authority announced that public hospitals had a hiring target of 2,000 nurses this year.

While welcoming any measure that could boost nursing numbers, I must cast doubt on the effectiveness of the authority's claim to relieve this chronic problem.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hiring surge prescribed to ease nurse shortage

Public hospitals will try to hire a record 2,000 nurses this year to ease a chronic staff shortage, a top nursing official says.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A dying profession

Young doctors are increasingly turning away from the more important fields of medical science to embrace the easier and more lucrative areas of plastic surgery and anaesthesiology.

Their senior colleagues find the trend disturbing.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Degree programme is best professional preparation for registered nurses

I am glad to hear that, according to a recent statement by the Hospital Authority, the turnover rate of nurses in Hong Kong has stabilised. The authority's decision to offer an integrated educational pathway and more career advancement opportunities has attracted many nurses in the private sector to rejoin public hospitals.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

School swamped with applicants

Competition for places in one of the city's major nursing schools has skyrocketed this year, with about 48 applicants vying for each place.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Nursing director's fire burns as strong as ever

Professional of the Year

Professor Agnes Tiwari enjoys nursing as much now as she did when she started her career 41 years ago. 'All these years on, nursing to me is just as exciting as it was before. Never a dull day, but very tiring days, yes. Challenging days, yes, but never dull,' says Tiwari, who became head of nursing at the University of Hong Kong in July.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Self-interest is standing in the way of a vital cure

The exodus of public hospital doctors is not only threatening the well-being of patients, it is also causing a firestorm of controversy in the medical community. It's not hard to fathom why. It boils down to private-sector doctors protecting their own interests under the guise of preserving medical standards.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Flak flies over doctors plan

The Hospital Authority has taken its plan to hire overseas doctors a step further despite strong opposition from local doctors.

After interviewing 15 applicants last week, the authority will recommend 10 to the Medical Council to go through the council's screening for registration by the end of the year without having to sit a licensing exam.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New task force will pre-screen overseas doctors for eligibility for limited practice

I refer to the letter ('Overseas doctors should be put to tried and true test of medical standards', October 11).

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ready to fulfil dreams and needs

With knowledge and skills acquired through a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing degree programme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Henry Wong Wing-hang is well on the way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a registered nurse.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Work-life balance the key for doctors

In the long-running debate over public hospital doctors' working conditions, it remains unclear which is more important - endurance or rest. Devotion to duty wins public respect, but at some point it must give way to the need for proper rest if quality of patient care is not to be put at risk.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am