United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee
United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee

Medical blunders at Hong Kong hospitals point to overstretched public health care system

Albert Cheng says while those responsible for the mistake that contributed to Tang Kwai-sze’s liver failure must be held accountable, Hong Kong must also try to address the wider issue of critical staff shortages in public hospitals

United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee
United Christian Hospital chief executive Dr Chui Tak-yi (right) and Dr Kung Kam-ngai, chief of service at the hospital’s department of medicine and geriatrics, attend a press conference on May 9. The hospital publicly admitted making a mistake in the treatment of Tang Kwai-sze, one month after it first discovered the issue. Photo: Dickson Lee
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