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China: Overcrowded Hospitals Drop Plan to Allow Nurses to Provide Repeat Prescriptions to Hong Kong Patients


The overcrowded public hospitals have dropped the idea of asking nurses to prescribe medicine to stable patients due to the objection of its medical staff, said the Hospital Authority’s director on Thursday (17 March).\r\nIt comes as the burden of the understaffed body eased slightly this week, with the number of attendants at the Accident and Emergency Unit dropping to the normal level of around 5,400 per day – compared with a peak of more than 7,000 in the past few weeks.
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China: Beijing to Charge Ambulance Use by Distance


The Beijing municipal government has decided to charge ambulance use in the city by distance, based on a fare system similar to that used by taxis. The new measure will take effect on May 1st, and it will also apply to ambulances called by both 120 and 999 hotlines.\r\nPreviously, empty legs of ambulance trips were also charged, but under the new regulation, the patients will only have to pay for the portions that they are on board the vehicles. According to the Beijing Emergency Medical Center, all ambulances of the Center have installed fare calculators.
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China: Beijing Puts Taxi Meters in Ambulances


Beijing: Beijing is installing taxi-like meters in the city's ambulances in a move to curb customer complaints of overcharging. The municipality is reportedly the first in China to implement such a policy citywide. But will this be enough to regulate the ambulance service?
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China: China-EU Emergency Drills to Combat Natural Disasters


The China-EU joint emergency management drills concluded on Friday (20 May) in Shanghai, with more than 500 participants taking part in the exercises aimed at preparing for natural disaster.The drills were part of a five-year bilateral project on the China-EU Emergency Management Project. Chinese and European scientists created a risk scenario of a typhoon along the coast in Shanghai that led to building collapses, fire I n dangerous chemical warehouses and a shipwreck resulting in toxic liquid leaks.\r\nDuring the past 3 days, emergency management experts from the EU and the Chinese Academy of Governance observed and provided suggestions for
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China: In first, Russia, China Emergency Medical Teams Get Global Certificate: WHO


Geneva: Three Russian and Chinese emergency medical teams have become the first certified by the World Health Organization to respond to disasters and disease outbreaks globally, the UN health agency said Tuesday (May 23).\r\nThe 2 teams from Russia and 1 from China \"completed WHO\'s rigorous classification process,\" the agency said in a statement.\"This means that, when a disaster strikes and an affected country requests help, we can quickly deploy medical teams that we know meet our high standards,\" WHO Chief Margaret Chan said in the statement.
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