Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.
Elizabeth Cheung
Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.

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Health chiefs at Hong Kong’s private hospitals defend transfer of injured demonstrators to public facilities in wake of extradition bill protests

Urgent treatment is offered to demonstrators, but it is for public hospitals to deal with cases involving suspected criminality, say private bosses in response to criticism.

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Urgent treatment is offered to demonstrators, but it is for public hospitals to deal with cases involving suspected criminality, say private bosses in response to criticism.

Health chiefs at Hong Kong’s private hospitals defend transfer of injured demonstrators to public facilities in wake of extradition bill protests
Leaked video exposes how patient data in Hong Kong public hospitals can be accessed by any user without needing a password

Software developer says A&E program carries huge risk and was built with an ‘intentional back door’ that allows anyone to access data while leaving no trace. Hospitals in city already under fire over concerns leaks led police to arrest those injured while protesting against a contentious extradition bill

18 Jun 2019 - 11:51PM

Software developer says A&E program carries huge risk and was built with an ‘intentional back door’ that allows anyone to access data while leaving no trace. Hospitals in city already under fire over concerns leaks led police to arrest those injured while protesting against a contentious extradition bill

Leaked video exposes how patient data in Hong Kong public hospitals can be accessed by any user without needing a password
Hong Kong Hospital Authority denies leaking data to police after extradition bill protesters arrested in public hospitals

Some arrests were made in public hospitals – sparking concern that injured protesters will skip treatment to avoid apprehension.

18 Jun 2019 - 9:19PM

Some arrests were made in public hospitals – sparking concern that injured protesters will skip treatment to avoid apprehension.

Hong Kong Hospital Authority denies leaking data to police after extradition bill protesters arrested in public hospitals
How do you follow a record-breaking march with an estimated 2 million turnout? Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters face challenges deciding their next step

Thousands remained to occupy roads after Sunday’s march and hundreds stayed overnight, but as crowds swelled again on Monday morning, no one was sure what to do next.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:04PM

Thousands remained to occupy roads after Sunday’s march and hundreds stayed overnight, but as crowds swelled again on Monday morning, no one was sure what to do next.

How do you follow a record-breaking march with an estimated 2 million turnout? Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters face challenges deciding their next step
Woman who suffered life-threatening condition after childbirth at Hong Kong hospital says doctors dismissed it as postnatal depression

Expat, who gave her first name as Jill, developed brain condition as side effect of anaesthetic administered before delivery at Matilda International Hospital on The Peak.

17 Jun 2019 - 10:07AM

Expat, who gave her first name as Jill, developed brain condition as side effect of anaesthetic administered before delivery at Matilda International Hospital on The Peak.

Woman who suffered life-threatening condition after childbirth at Hong Kong hospital says doctors dismissed it as postnatal depression
Hong Kong extradition bill: rally organisers urge residents to keep pushing against proposed law

The Civil Human Rights Front and pan-democratic lawmakers made it clear that delaying the bill would not be enough.

15 Jun 2019 - 10:07AM

The Civil Human Rights Front and pan-democratic lawmakers made it clear that delaying the bill would not be enough.

Hong Kong extradition bill: rally organisers urge residents to keep pushing against proposed law
Catholic Church urges restraint as social workers vow to strike and Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union calls for protests against extradition bill

Fifty social welfare and religious groups expected to take part in strike, as city’s largest teachers’ union urges its members to protest.

11 Jun 2019 - 8:36PM

Fifty social welfare and religious groups expected to take part in strike, as city’s largest teachers’ union urges its members to protest.

Catholic Church urges restraint as social workers vow to strike and Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union calls for protests against extradition bill
Hong Kong needs cardiac arrest register, say doctors, as city’s survival rate lags United States and Europe

A&E consultant says recording incidents could help raise care standards after previous study revealed just 2.3 per cent of city’s victims survive.

11 Jun 2019 - 10:59AM

A&E consultant says recording incidents could help raise care standards after previous study revealed just 2.3 per cent of city’s victims survive.

Hong Kong needs cardiac arrest register, say doctors, as city’s survival rate lags United States and Europe
Bail denied for suspected petrol bomber who targeted Hong Kong police with arson attacks

Lucas Chong, 25, accused of two counts of arson, but three others arrested over attacks freed on bail. Trial resumes on Friday.

10 Jun 2019 - 10:46PM

Lucas Chong, 25, accused of two counts of arson, but three others arrested over attacks freed on bail. Trial resumes on Friday.

Bail denied for suspected petrol bomber who targeted Hong Kong police with arson attacks
Student nurses in Hong Kong reveal scale of violence and abuse while training, raising fears more will quit amid staff shortages in hospitals

Nursing experts say abuse could be wider than outlined by survey and impact on victims may be long-lasting, as trainee speaks of his experiences.

9 Jun 2019 - 10:47PM

Nursing experts say abuse could be wider than outlined by survey and impact on victims may be long-lasting, as trainee speaks of his experiences.

Student nurses in Hong Kong reveal scale of violence and abuse while training, raising fears more will quit amid staff shortages in hospitals
Some 30 per cent of pig farms in mainland China rumoured to have been hit by African swine fever and Hong Kong lawmakers demand answers

Industry insiders say at least 30 per cent of mainland China farms that supply pigs to city have been hit by the disease, and authorities in city and across the border have yet to respond to the claims.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

Industry insiders say at least 30 per cent of mainland China farms that supply pigs to city have been hit by the disease, and authorities in city and across the border have yet to respond to the claims.

Some 30 per cent of pig farms in mainland China rumoured to have been hit by African swine fever and Hong Kong lawmakers demand answers
Hong Kong medical sector lawmaker Dr Pierre Chan urges public hospitals to boost manpower by reducing meetings and administrative chores

Dr Pierre Chan makes recommendation after poll finds that about 60 per cent of public hospitals doctors are unhappy with workload.

3 Jun 2019 - 10:58PM

Dr Pierre Chan makes recommendation after poll finds that about 60 per cent of public hospitals doctors are unhappy with workload.

Hong Kong medical sector lawmaker Dr Pierre Chan urges public hospitals to boost manpower by reducing meetings and administrative chores
Hotter weather linked to increase in suicide among elderly, study led by University of Hong Kong finds

Researchers reviewed 8,000 historical cases from between 1976 and 2014 involving residents aged 65 or over, and according to the study how someone died could also be linked to maximum daily temperatures.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:35PM

Researchers reviewed 8,000 historical cases from between 1976 and 2014 involving residents aged 65 or over, and according to the study how someone died could also be linked to maximum daily temperatures.

Hotter weather linked to increase in suicide among elderly, study led by University of Hong Kong finds
Second case of African swine fever found in pig in Hong Kong, sparking cull of 4,700 animals and closure of slaughterhouse

Health authorities detect the virus in a dead pig at Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:04AM

Health authorities detect the virus in a dead pig at Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse.

Second case of African swine fever found in pig in Hong Kong, sparking cull of 4,700 animals and closure of slaughterhouse
British professor says Hong Kong Genome Project to decode DNA of patients paves way for revolutionary new treatments

British professor, who is sharing the country’s experience of genome sequencing, says the benefits of the decryption scheme could be far-reaching.

26 May 2019 - 9:56PM

British professor, who is sharing the country’s experience of genome sequencing, says the benefits of the decryption scheme could be far-reaching.

British professor says Hong Kong Genome Project to decode DNA of patients paves way for revolutionary new treatments
Business brisk despite up to 50 per cent jump in pork prices as Hong Kong butchers resume trade following African swine fever case

Price of fresh pork jumps by as much as 50 per cent after butchers reopen, but customers appear willing to pay extra.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

Price of fresh pork jumps by as much as 50 per cent after butchers reopen, but customers appear willing to pay extra.

Business brisk despite up to 50 per cent jump in pork prices as Hong Kong butchers resume trade following African swine fever case
Pork not back on Hong Kong markets for Sunday after African swine fever-related closures, for lack of slaughterhouse orders

Food bosses said workers at privately owned Tsuen Wan slaughterhouse would start killing animals from the early hours. But it later transpired that no one had ordered slaughtered pigs from the facilities.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

Food bosses said workers at privately owned Tsuen Wan slaughterhouse would start killing animals from the early hours. But it later transpired that no one had ordered slaughtered pigs from the facilities.

Pork not back on Hong Kong markets for Sunday after African swine fever-related closures, for lack of slaughterhouse orders
Measles outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport declared over after almost two months but other cases still springing up

In the 73 cases recorded in the city so far this year, 29 were related to the airport outbreak.

18 May 2019 - 6:25AM

In the 73 cases recorded in the city so far this year, 29 were related to the airport outbreak.

Measles outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport declared over after almost two months but other cases still springing up
Pig infected with African swine fever ‘unlikely to have contracted virus before it entered Hong Kong’ says mainland Chinese agency

General Administration of Customs says farm the pig came from has suffered no recent abnormal animal deaths.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

General Administration of Customs says farm the pig came from has suffered no recent abnormal animal deaths.

Pig infected with African swine fever ‘unlikely to have contracted virus before it entered Hong Kong’ says mainland Chinese agency
Doctor accused of wrongly removing patient’s spleen at Hong Kong hospital insists it was ‘not a blunder’

Health officials list the extraction as a bungled procedure, but the under-fire urologist insists: ‘I knew what I was doing’.

16 May 2019 - 10:46PM

Health officials list the extraction as a bungled procedure, but the under-fire urologist insists: ‘I knew what I was doing’.

Doctor accused of wrongly removing patient’s spleen at Hong Kong hospital insists it was ‘not a blunder’
Hong Kong health authorities find three new cases of rat hepatitis E infection in humans, including in elderly man who died of unspecified illness

The Centre for Health Protection says it is investigating three separate cases, each involving an elderly man with underlying liver function issues and in different districts.

15 May 2019 - 10:29AM

The Centre for Health Protection says it is investigating three separate cases, each involving an elderly man with underlying liver function issues and in different districts.

Hong Kong health authorities find three new cases of rat hepatitis E infection in humans, including in elderly man who died of unspecified illness
How do you get access to your medical records? Hong Kong’s new pilot e-health portal will give patients a closer look at their data

The portal, which allows patients to access their health records online and input health data, will be trialled in the fourth quarter of this year. Some members of the public are worried about privacy in the e-health record system while some doctors say it is time-consuming.

15 May 2019 - 4:19PM

The portal, which allows patients to access their health records online and input health data, will be trialled in the fourth quarter of this year. Some members of the public are worried about privacy in the e-health record system while some doctors say it is time-consuming.

How do you get access to your medical records? Hong Kong’s new pilot e-health portal will give patients a closer look at their data
African swine fever: hopes that Hong Kong pork supplies will resume by Thursday after biggest cull in half-century

Slaughter of about 6,000 pigs in Sheung Shui, sparked by African swine fever case, gets under way. Traders hope the smaller Tsuen Wan slaughterhouse might restart fresh pork supplies later this week.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

Slaughter of about 6,000 pigs in Sheung Shui, sparked by African swine fever case, gets under way. Traders hope the smaller Tsuen Wan slaughterhouse might restart fresh pork supplies later this week.

African swine fever: hopes that Hong Kong pork supplies will resume by Thursday after biggest cull in half-century
Hong Kong doctors make more concessions in bid to recruit foreign-trained counterparts and ease shortage at public hospitals

Medical Council set to vote on May 8 on how to relax an internship requirement for doctors who were trained overseas.

7 May 2019 - 10:56AM

Medical Council set to vote on May 8 on how to relax an internship requirement for doctors who were trained overseas.

Hong Kong doctors make more concessions in bid to recruit foreign-trained counterparts and ease shortage at public hospitals
Former security chief Regina Ip sees echoes of 2003 in Hong Kong’s extradition law protest which brought thousands to streets on Sunday

Ip compares scenes on Sunday to campaign 16 years ago against a national security law that ultimately forced her to quit.

29 Apr 2019 - 4:10PM

Ip compares scenes on Sunday to campaign 16 years ago against a national security law that ultimately forced her to quit.

Former security chief Regina Ip sees echoes of 2003 in Hong Kong’s extradition law protest which brought thousands to streets on Sunday
Living in ferry piers and McDonald’s – new exhibition tells stories of Hong Kong’s homeless

Official figures show the numbers sleeping rough have risen from 780 in 2013 to 1,297 this year.

29 Apr 2019 - 10:19AM

Official figures show the numbers sleeping rough have risen from 780 in 2013 to 1,297 this year.

Living in ferry piers and McDonald’s – new exhibition tells stories of Hong Kong’s homeless
Owner of US recycling firm jailed for three years by Chicago court for fraud and tax evasion had illegally shipped electronic waste to Hong Kong

Environmental Protection Department said it had cooperated with US authorities and provided evidence to help in successful prosecution of Brian Brundage, 47.

26 Apr 2019 - 8:10PM

Environmental Protection Department said it had cooperated with US authorities and provided evidence to help in successful prosecution of Brian Brundage, 47.

Owner of US recycling firm jailed for three years by Chicago court for fraud and tax evasion had illegally shipped electronic waste to Hong Kong
Brain tumour ‘larger than a ping-pong ball’ prompts deferment of Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan’s Occupy sentencing

Lawmaker says her condition was discovered after a medical check-up as she was expecting a long jail term and wanted to reassure mother she was healthy. Diagnosis on whether growth is cancerous can only be made during open-brain surgery.

26 Apr 2019 - 3:36PM

Lawmaker says her condition was discovered after a medical check-up as she was expecting a long jail term and wanted to reassure mother she was healthy. Diagnosis on whether growth is cancerous can only be made during open-brain surgery.

Brain tumour ‘larger than a ping-pong ball’ prompts deferment of Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan’s Occupy sentencing
Hong Kong gene testing companies under probe after ‘exaggerated’ claims of being able to identify children’s abilities

Politician accuses companies of misleading clients and breaching trade ordinance. The tests, ranging from HK$4,000 to HK$81,640, are said to be able to identify traits and talents in children.

23 Apr 2019 - 8:10AM

Politician accuses companies of misleading clients and breaching trade ordinance. The tests, ranging from HK$4,000 to HK$81,640, are said to be able to identify traits and talents in children.

Hong Kong gene testing companies under probe after ‘exaggerated’ claims of being able to identify children’s abilities
Tobacco giant Philip Morris warns it may close HK$78 million Hong Kong research centre in light of government proposal to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products

Philip Morris opened Wong Chuk Hang facility last July after the previous administration laid out proposals to regulate new smoking products. But government is now planning a full ban on e-cigarettes and similar devices.

21 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM

Philip Morris opened Wong Chuk Hang facility last July after the previous administration laid out proposals to regulate new smoking products. But government is now planning a full ban on e-cigarettes and similar devices.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris warns it may close HK$78 million Hong Kong research centre in light of government proposal to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products