Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?
Business

Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?

A recent survey sheds some light on expectations and motivations across the community of global professionals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Wiki.lkfa /…

FDA statement on IQOS may prevent ban on alternative smoking products in Hong Kong
Health

FDA statement on IQOS may prevent ban on alternative smoking products in Hong Kong

The authorisation of IQOS to be marketed as generating fewer harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes has huge implications on the smoking scene in Hong Kong. …

International Baccalaureate cancels May exams worldwide
Education

International Baccalaureate cancels May exams worldwide

A letter sent out to the IB Examiner community announces the cancellation of its final exams. Photo: Exam by Alberto G. Attribution license.

Legal change protects women breastfeeding in the workplace
Health

Legal change protects women breastfeeding in the workplace

An addition to Hong Kong’s Sex Discrimination Ordinance addresses the mistreatment breastfeeding women have long suffered from in the workplace. Photo: Phyllis breastfeeding by Thomas…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads
Diplomat

Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads

Non-essential travel to many countries in Asia is advised against, as the COVID-19 outbreak and social unrest continues.

Preparing for the next outbreak
Health

Preparing for the next outbreak

Smart city technology has the potential to save Hong Kong from the complications of a future pandemic. Photo: Latest Situation of Novel Coronavirus Infection in…

Amendment bill to ban heated tobacco products may go up in smoke
Health

Amendment bill to ban heated tobacco products may go up in smoke

Podcast: Heated tobacco products may offer a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, but Hong Kong isn’t ready to embrace them just yet. Podcast host…

Total closure of the HK-mainland border may not be enough to keep out the deadly coronavirus
Health

Total closure of the HK-mainland border may not be enough to keep out the deadly coronavirus

Even if the government fully sealed shut its borders from the mainland, human trafficking and smuggling activities still run the risk of bringing more coronavirus…

Who decides how you die: ‘Advance directives’ have yet to give patients legal autonomy over end of life care
Health

Who decides how you die: ‘Advance directives’ have yet to give patients legal autonomy over end of life care

Often overlooked, advance directives are a means for individuals to control their end of life care. Photo by Jimmy Chan.

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part III
Health

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part III

The last part of the Cannabis Fund series discusses investment routes and publicity before wrapping up on the topic.

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part II
Health

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part II

Part II of the Cannabis Fund series covers quality control, security concerns, and opening up Hong Kong to new ventures in the cannabis and hemp…

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part I
Health

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part I

This three-part series by the Cannabis Fund explores the opportunity Hong Kong has to become a main-players in the medical cannabis and hemp industry in…

Hong Kong’s nursing shortage remains a chronic problem
Health

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.
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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
Health

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…

Vapers and IQOS to be banned; personal use devices to be seized at border
Health

Vapers and IQOS to be banned; personal use devices to be seized at border

The Hong Kong government says no to bringing in, making, selling, distributing or promoting e-cigarettes and other new smoking products such as heat-not-burn tobacco in…

Philip Morris keen on less harmful alternatives to smoking, HK not so much
Health

Philip Morris keen on less harmful alternatives to smoking, HK not so much

While the Hong Kong government has made clear its intention to ban e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) is…

The Nanny State Cometh: How government will make you healthy
Health

The Nanny State Cometh: How government will make you healthy

By Chermaine Lee Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are costing Hong Kongers US$4.8 billion, equivalent to half of the government’s healthcare spending in 2018-2019, the Economist Intelligence…

Private health operators being brought into regulatory fold
Health

Private health operators being brought into regulatory fold

On November 15, the LegCo passed the Private Healthcare Facilities Bill. Four types of private healthcare facilities, namely hospitals, day procedure centres, clinics and health…

Private sector player WeDoctor moves to unify GBA healthcare market
Health

Private sector player WeDoctor moves to unify GBA healthcare market

Jeffrey Chen, Chief Strategy Officer of WeDoctor, takes a thoughtful moment to consider a unified GBA market while speaking to Julien de Salaberry, CEO of…

Cannabis investment, medical use, comes to Asia
Health

Cannabis investment, medical use, comes to Asia

Cannabis has long been considered harmful by those who see it as addictive and damaging to health. Contrary to what most people think, cannabis –…

Poll: The people want timely tobacco alternatives
Health

Poll: The people want timely tobacco alternatives

Smoke and vape on government’s plans for alternatives to smoking Unlike other countries, Hong Kong is still indecisive about its approach to alternative tobacco products…

Part II: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area
Health

Part II: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area

  Mr Lam Ching-choi, chairman of the Elderly Commission, suggests setting up a special zone for healthcare in the GBA, as there is not enough…