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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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