Shanghai's hospice wards offer terminal patients a better last stop

Terminal patients are often turned away by hospitals. Photo: AFP

Ten bedridden terminal cancer patients lie in the dimly lit, quiet hospice ward at the Jingan Temple Community Hospital in Shanghai. Most are cared for by auxiliary workers, who look after a few at a time.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

Doctor is guilty of sex with patient

A doctor has been found guilty of three charges of professional misconduct for selling insurance to and having sex with a woman patient, the Medical Council announced last night.

The professional ruling body has yet to decide the penalty for Dr Barry Tsang Ka-hung, 42, who could be permanently deregistered as a doctor.

19 Mar 2013 - 3:43am

Doctor had sex with patient in his clinic, Medical Council inquiry hears

A married doctor allegedly had sex with a woman patient - twice in his clinic - after claiming to be divorced, a Medical Council inquiry heard yesterday.

Dr Barry Tsang Ka-hung also sold the woman insurance in breach of the profession's code of conduct after saying that he had money problems, the disciplinary inquiry was told.

Tsang denies the allegations.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Patient held after 12 die in Taiwan hospital fire

A man has been arrested and held on suspicion of starting a fire at a hospital in Taiwan that killed 12 people and injured 60, a prosecutor said yesterday.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:48am

Second doctor attacked while at work

A doctor was seriously wounded by an unidentified man yesterday while she was treating a patient in her office at Peking University People's Hospital in Beijing - the second attack on a doctor at work on the mainland in the past three weeks.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital staff callfor respect and safety

Shocked mainland doctors have launched an online campaign for respect and a safe working environment after many internet users appeared to cheer the fatal stabbing of a young doctor by a patient at a hospital in Harbin on Friday.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Killer patient 'showed no violent signs'

The health minister and Hospital Authority yesterday defended the doctor responsible for treating a psychiatric patient who later killed a security guard in Sheung Shui, saying no symptoms of violent behaviour were evident.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Patient dies in drug mix-up, woman given wrong blood in latest risk list

A chronically ill patient died after being given incompatible drugs, and another is recovering from a transfusion of the wrong blood type - the latest cases in a growing list of blunders at public hospitals.

The Hospital Authority would not elaborate on the two incidents, which were revealed yesterday in its latest 'Risk Alert'.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors protest at brutal attack

Doctors and nurses at the prestigious Beijing Tongren Hospital stopped working for an hour during the clinic's busy morning hours yesterday in a protest against last week's brutal attack on a top surgeon by a disgruntled patient.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Medical blunders put in perspective

It is nearly two years since special teams were sent to patrol public hospital wards and monitor compliance with patient safety guidelines, following a spate of medical blunders. Health secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time this was because the mishaps involved repetition of the same kinds of mistakes in routine procedures.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Surgeon struck off for fatal mistake

A veteran surgeon whose 'fundamental mistake' during an operation caused the death of a cancer patient has been struck off for a year.

The Medical Council yesterday found Dr Dominic Kam Chun-ming guilty of professional misconduct after he cut a crucial vein in the liver and the bile duct while removing part of a patient's stomach.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

At accident and emergency

Mrs West is the receptionist on duty at St Luke's Accident & Emergency Department tonight. She books in four patients. Listen to the conversations and then fill in Mrs West's notes about each patient.

Patient 1

Contact phone:

Nature of injury:

How caused:

Patient accompanied by:

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

New doctors help rural residents

Forty-six medical school graduates from across the mainland took part in a programme to serve in 100 rural health centres in Zhuhai .

The programme was started in January last year by the Zhuhai government. It aims to improve the health service network at the grass-roots level.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Insurers raise alarm at abuse of medical fees

Hong Kong's medical insurers may tighten benefits and limit the number of doctors who see patients in hospital as part of measures to curb abuse of the system.

They say there is a growing tendency among a minority of doctors to make unnecessary investigations, to overcharge and to claim fees for procedures that they are not qualified to carry out.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Non-residents costing HK, ombudsman says

Demand for public health services in Hong Kong is becoming acute, but health authorities are failing to spot non-residents and charge them the higher fees they are supposed to pay, the Ombudsman says.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am