Hi! I know you guys are increasingly bored of Hong Kong politics flooding your Reddit headlines, but I guarantee that this post has nothing to do with politics.
I repeat, in compliance with sub rules, this is an apolitical, medically-oriented post.
Make no mistake. Again, timeline time. But some basic info:
- Hospital Authority: Public statutory body, overlooking gov't-funded healthcare e.g. public hospitals. This time it is almost not involved.
- Dr. Leung Pak-yin: Incumbent CEO of HA.
- Yan Chai Hospital (YCH): A public hospital under Kowloon West cluster, one of 7 geographical clusters.
- Hong Kong Adventist Hospital (HKAH): Hospital in question. Privately-run, thus outside the supervision of HA.
Timeline – 2019 June, HKT (UTC+8)
- 9th, 1430: Protest against bill amending extradition laws.
- 9th, 2300: Gov't states that the legislature is to discuss the bill as usual.
- 11th night: Protestors begin to occupy streets.
- 12th, 1500: First wave of conflict between protestors & police.
- Police designated conflict as riot
- Ammo: Several rubber rounds, 150 tear gas bombs and 20 bean bag rounds were spent
- 12th, evening: Some protestors were arrested in public hospitals after telling the staff their whereabouts.
- 14th to now: Physician-lawmaker Dr. Pierre Chan publicly questions policy of patient privacy in HA, and its relationship with the police. (This controversy itself is worthy of another post, and I haven't completely caught up with the entire development yet).
- 20th: HA CEO Dr. Leung conducts press conference (Cantonese snippet from i-Cable News), in which he confirms:
- A patient was arrested at YCH, after being referred there from HKAH upon arrival. HKAH contacted the police shortly after the referral.
- On inquiry from i-Cable, HKAH states it "will not treat any people who are injured due to criminal activities (不會治療因為犯罪活動而受傷的病人)" and declines to comment on whether it contacted the police.
- 20th, night: No arrested protestors have been formally convicted of their charges yet.
(1) Do private hospitals in Hong Kong turn away certain patients?
Here is where I feel like I need legal advice.
I am not completely sure.
Lawyer Melody Chan stated on 13th June that "private hospitals may not be willing to treat gunshot wounds (私家醫院可能不肯治療槍彈傷口)." I have yet to find verification on this statement, because it seems to be the only relevant result upon Googling.
(2) What's the condition of the arrested protestors?
As of 20th night, 32 have ever been arrested. 5 were charged with "rioting." 8 were unconditionally released, their charges of "loitering" dropped upon insufficient evidence.
Nobody has been formally convicted of their charges.
(3) When do public hospitals contact the police during this kind of mass incident?
I do not recommend taking this as official guidelines.
According to Dr. Leung's conference, translated and edited from Cantonese to written Chinese by i-Cable:
- Definitely not upon discovering injuries inflicted by tear gas bombs. (在<發現>催淚彈<傷痕>的過程中，不會在這方面報案，一定不會)
- With clinical basis for rubber rounds, because they <possibly refering to clinical presentation of wounds> are hard to distinguish, but grey areas still exist for that requirement (但橡膠子彈有時候比較難分<…>當時要看臨牀決定如何，當然有時候是灰色地帶)
What conclusion you've made, take as you will. Or be a spectator like me – I personally feel inadequate in conclusion-making regarding this rapidly evolving timeline of healthcare controversy.
I feel like posting this writeup because this is about what seems to be the least political of all recent incidents. Almost apolitical, if I must say – I mean, even the HA was almost not involved.
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