Hong Kong’s nursing shortage remains a chronic problem
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Hong Kong’s nursing shortage remains a chronic problem

By Alfred Romann During flu season, which typically begins in January, Hong Kong hospitals tend to be overcrowded and operating well beyond their capacity. It…

Hong Kong remains opposed to new alternatives to reduce smoking after U.S. approval.
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Hong Kong remains opposed to new alternatives to reduce smoking after U.S. approval.

HPicture By https://rebcenter-moscow.ru/ (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons U.S. regulators now allow the sale of heat-not-burn tobacco products, but Hong Kong is sticking to…

Blood smuggling into HK still common as parents in China look for baby boys
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Blood smuggling into HK still common as parents in China look for baby boys

The preference for male children remains strong in mainland China with the number of people bringing blood samples across the border to help prospective parents…

Hong Kong’s mandatory internship barrier to overseas doctors
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Hong Kong’s mandatory internship barrier to overseas doctors

The Medical Council of Hong Kong recently decided against a proposal to exempt overseas-trained doctors from a mandatory internship before they can practise in the…

Psychology’s aspiring  gatekeepers soft pedal requirements to sceptical industry
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Psychology’s aspiring gatekeepers soft pedal requirements to sceptical industry

Ever since Hong Kong’s health ministry has rolled out the accredited registers scheme to uphold healthcare standards, Hong Kong’s clinical psychologists have been divided on…

Accreditation proposal for psychologists could leave English-speaking patients without help and force professionals out of work
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Accreditation proposal for psychologists could leave English-speaking patients without help and force professionals out of work

A proposal to set criteria for accrediting clinical psychologists favours local graduates and could put foreign-trained professionals at a disadvantage, even shrinking the city’s English-language…

Voluntary insurance scheme aims to provide relief for health care sector
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Voluntary insurance scheme aims to provide relief for health care sector

Hong Kong’s health ministry is using tax breaks and favourable terms to encourage more Hong Kongers to buy medical insurance to cover treatment and hospitalization…

Rare disease activists call for formal programmes, not ad hoc efforts
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Rare disease activists call for formal programmes, not ad hoc efforts

There is an area in which Hong Kong lags well behind mainland China in the healthcare: its approach to rare diseases. This week, calls have…

HK’s public sector doctors taking ‘national affairs’ courses in China
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HK’s public sector doctors taking ‘national affairs’ courses in China

In a widespread protest against the mismanagement of the Hospital Authority (HA), frontline doctors criticized the HA for sending staff to China to learn about…

Policy makers clash with doctors on addressing doctor shortage
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Policy makers clash with doctors on addressing doctor shortage

Following protests by Hospital Authority (HA) staff in January against excessive overtime and a lack of manpower, there have been calls by non-medical professionals to…