Balms for the poor

Having been on his feet since early morning, Omkar Nath is tired by 4pm, but still faces a long journey home to a slum near the airport when most pensioners his age - 75 - are curled up on the sofa enjoying a nap.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 12:00am

Private doctors' rescue bid fails

A scheme to ease the manpower shortage at public hospitals with the help of private doctors has been declared a 'failure' just four months after its launch.

The scheme was set up by private doctors opposed to the Hospital Authority's plan to hire foreign medics to fill some of its 200 vacancies.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Foreign doctors are a cure, not a curse

When a young Hong Kong-born neurosurgeon from a pre-eminent medical school in Britain cannot practise in Hong Kong, you know something is rotten in the state of the medical profession here.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bitter pill

In a recent column, I talked about the urgent need to reform the Medical Council. I criticised local private doctors for protecting their own interests at the expense of public health care by opposing the recruitment of overseas-trained doctors.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Entry bar for doctors must be seen to be fair

When I was in the US for specialist training in the 1970s, my competency in the practice of medicine was always suspect because I graduated from a medical school in the East. Such prejudice was widespread but understandable, given that I went to a country with rightful claims to be the most advanced in science, technology and medicine, while Hong Kong was then a third-world city.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Serious questions must be asked about Medical Council's licensing exam

Given the present debate about admitting foreign-trained doctors to work in our public hospitals to relieve a serious manpower shortage problem, it was interesting to listen to an item on the radio last week about the licensing exam for doctors conducted by the Medical Council.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Doctor guilty of improper conduct

A public doctor who sent medicine worth HK$247 to his parents in Australia and falsified the records was found guilty of misconduct in public office yesterday.

A magistrate criticised Dr Michael Ho Hung-kwan, 46, for favouring his family members - an act described as depriving the public of access to affordable medical consultation.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Wake-up call

Imagine that you are lying on an operating table at 8am. Which of the following surgeons would you choose to do your operation: Surgeon A who has consumed four shots of vodka for breakfast, Surgeon B who has narcolepsy, or Surgeon C who has been up all night working a 24-hour shift?

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Good health easy to maintain nowadays

There is a huge variety of diseases in the world. People will suffer if they are not treated. Luckily we have advanced technology and medicine. In the past, patients didn't have access to things that we now take for granted, so many of them died due to insufficient treatment. Modern technology avoids many tragedies.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Course an alternative to hospital-based training

Doctors are being encouraged to undertake vocational training in family medicine under a new programme aimed at upholding standards.

Amid a shortage of trainees, the College of Family Physicians has turned to vocational training of doctors so they can achieve a specialist qualification after a six-year programme.

1 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Hospital doctor fired for playing online game as baby died

A doctor at Nanjing Children's Hospital has been fired and his medical licence revoked after a five-month-old baby died on his shift while he played an online game.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Doctor struck off 10 months over teen's diet pills

A doctor who improperly prescribed slimming drugs to a teenager who then had suicidal thoughts during mood swings was yesterday struck off the General Register for 10 months for professional misconduct.

21 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Doctor turns director to dispel myths about what can be a difficult, sometimes dangerous, job

What is this film about?

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Group therapy

Making the leap from government service into private practice was once a straightforward step for doctors. Prominent physicians set up as consultant specialists and junior doctors opened neighbourhood clinics. Not anymore. Whether working for one of the growing number of health care groups or setting up on their own, doctors find each route presents mounting challenges.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Doctor meets suicide patient's family

A doctor, who was leading the treatment of a 50-year-old man who jumped to his death at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday night, met the bereaved family yesterday to explain how the man was being treated. The man, who suffered from chronic lung disease, had complained about the attitudes of the nurses and a malfunction of his oxygen hood before he jumped out of a window.

9 Aug 2007 - 12:00am