Joint Statement of Condemnation towards the Hospital Authority for Exposing Patient Information to the Police Force

【聯合聲明:強烈讉責醫管局向警方洩漏病人私隱】
今日下午,醫學界立法會議員陳沛然醫生召開記者會,展示證據,揭發醫管局內電腦系列內設有「後門」,令任何人可在毋須登入下取得病人資料。系統當中更有列明「For Police」,專為警方而設的版面,當中載有英文全名、身份證號碼、年齡、性別、電話號碼、出入院時間及住院病房等病人資料,更有標籤將部份病人分類至「立法會外大型集會」人士。陳議員亦取得醫管局內部通訊電郵,要求員工於電腦系統內標籤參加「立法會外大型集會」的求醫人士。

我等一眾醫學生組織,謹此對醫管局洩漏病人私隱一事予以強烈讉責。醫學院教導同學,維護病人私隱為最重要的醫學倫理之一,更時常強調醫患關系乃醫療工作之基石。今日,醫管局管理全港公立醫院,卻在無任何臨床需要及未得病人同意下將病人私隱拱手交予警方,違背專業道德。上周起,因應警方進入醫院拘捕傷者,已有不少市民對醫護失去信心,甚至有市民因此避免到醫院求醫。為挽回事件對醫患關係的破壞,

醫管局必須盡速公開向廣大市民及受影響病人致歉、交待事件,並修補漏洞。同時,個人資料私隱專員公署亦應介入調查,保障市民權益。

青醫匡時 香港大學醫學生時政組織
香港大學學生會醫學會
香港大學學生會醫學會護理學會
香港中文大學學生會醫學院院會
香港中文大學那打素護理學院院會
香港中文大學教務會民選學生成員(醫學院)

【Joint Statement of Condemnation towards the Hospital Authority for Exposing Patient Information to the Police Force】

In a press conference held this afternoon, Dr Hon Pierre Chan, member of the Legislative Council for the Medical functional constituency, showcased evidence of a “backdoor” in the Hospital Authority’s electronic patient record (ePR) system that grants anyone access to patient information without the need of logging in. The interface is remarked with “For Police”, and exposes information including patients’ full name, HK Identity Card number, age, sex, phone number, admission time and ward, with indication of whether they have participated in the “mass gathering outside Legco”. Dr Hon Chan has also acquired an earlier email circulating in the Hospital Authority intranet showing frontline healthcare staff being requested to identify and label patients who have participated in the “mass gathering outside Legco”.

We, as medical students from the University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, hereby strongly condemn the Hospital Authority for infringing upon patients’ privacy. “Confidentiality” is one of the four pillars of medical ethics, and is the cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship. As the largest public healthcare provider in Hong Kong, the Hospital Authority has violated the medical code of conduct by exposing patients’ information to the police without patient consent nor clinical necessity. Since last week, the police have been arresting injured protesters receiving medical care within Hospital Authority premises, sabotaging doctor-patient trust and deterring citizens from seeking medical attention in public hospitals.

The Hospital Authority must apologise to all affected citizens in Hong Kong, conduct a formal inquiry into the incident and block the backdoor immediately. We also call for investigatory action from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong to protect citizens’ rights to privacy.

Eramedics, HKU Medical Students’ Current Affairs Concern Group
Medical Society, HKUSU
Nursing Society, Medical Society, HKUSU
Medical Society, CUSU
Nursing Society, the Nethersole School of Nursing, CUSU
Elected Student Senator (Faculty of Medicine), CUHK

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Statement on social movement against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019

《逃犯條例醫學生捨己為人 混亂之際盼同窗愛惜自身》
就針對《2019年逃犯及刑事事宜相互法律協助(修訂)條例草案》的社會運動之聲明
由香港大學學生會醫學會發出

近日社會上接連發生針對《2019年逃犯及刑事事宜相互法律協助(修訂)條例草案》的社會運動,而不少醫學生亦參與其中。香港大學學生會醫學會深切關注行動中所有醫學生的安全。

我們留意到有不少示威者在抗議行動中受傷。醫學會對所有在場醫學生的安全深表關注,並在此呼籲有關學生注意自身安全。如有需要,請致電9727 0533向醫學院尋求協助。

我們知道醫學生通過不同的方式支持是次運動:不少學生自願在抗議現場提供急救服務,也有學生正考慮以罷課形式抗議。

醫學會希望對自願前往金鐘為傷者提供急救服務的醫學生致以深切謝意,一眾醫學生不但展現出作為醫護人員應有的基本素質,還表現出莫大的人道主義精神,為每一位醫學生樹立榜樣。我們衷心感謝你們捨己為人的付出。

醫學會亦留意到有學生或會以罷課的形式表達他們對抗議行動的支持。醫學會將會竭盡所能與醫學院商議,希望院方能在此方面行使一定程度的酌情權。

「我將要致力於自身的健康、福祉與能力,以提供最高標準的照護」
—— 《日內瓦公約》

我們再次對在場醫學生的無私行為表達由衷的感謝。醫學會將繼續盡一切努力支持同學,同時,亦請在場的學生注意自身安全。

Statement on social movement against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019
Issued by Medical Society, HKUSU

In view of the ongoing social movement against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, the Medical Society, HKUSU, would like to express our concern over the safety of all medical students who have been participating in the protest.

It has been brought to our attention that a number of participants of the protest were injured. We are deeply concerned about the safety of all medical students who have taken part in the protest, and would like to urge all participating students to take care of their own safety. Should the need arise, please do not hesitate to seek assistance from the Faculty at 9727 0533.

We recognise that medical students have shown support to the movement via alternative means. Some have volunteered to provide first-aid at the scene of the protest; others are considering class-boycotting.

We would first like to express our sincerest gratitude towards medical students who went to Admiralty today as volunteers to provide first-aid. Your actions not only demonstrated bravery and perseverance, but also showed great humanitarian spirit, setting an example for all fellow students to look up to.

With regards to class-boycotting, please be well-assured that we are in the process of liaising with the Faculty for any discretion that can be exercised over this issue.

“I will attend to my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.”
Declaration of Geneva

Once again, we would like to express our gratitude for your altruism and bravery. At the same time, please hold your personal safety in high regard and above all, stay safe. The Medical Society shall continue to make every effort to show our support towards medical students.

 

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Joint Statement on the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019 by Hong Kong Medical Students

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《通過法案莫遲疑 禁止煙草待何時》
香港醫學生關於《2019年吸煙(公眾衞生)(修訂)條例草案》之聯合聲明
由香港大學學生會醫學會及香港中文大學學生會醫學院院會共同發出

香港政府已於二零一九年二月二十日向立法會提交《2019年吸煙(公眾衞生)(修訂)條例草案》。此聲明旨在呼籲各位立法會議員盡快通過該項條例草案,禁絕電子煙、加熱非燃燒煙草產品及草本煙,並藉此強調另類吸煙產品確實危害社會。

另類吸煙產品最明顯的危害莫過於其帶來的健康隱憂。多項研究證明,此類產品可引致心血管及呼吸系統疾病,甚至誘發癌症 [1,2,3]。以上後果甚至會藉由二手煙,禍及普羅大眾 [4]。

坊間謠傳另類吸煙產品能助煙民戒煙,惟有多份載於公共衛生醫學期刑的研究指出,另類吸煙產品並無此等效用 [5,6]。此外,現行法例容許青少年輕易購入另類吸煙產品,加上另類吸煙產品包裝甚為講究,使其吸引力大增。以電子煙為例,有些青少年不了解電子煙對人體的損害,甚至誤以為電子煙較傳統煙安全,便容易墮入陷阱。另外,不少年輕人因為接觸另類吸煙產品,繼而轉食傳統煙,亦即「門戶效應」[7]。所以,另類吸煙產品不但無助戒煙,更會使吸煙在年輕人群中變得普及。

有人質疑,「一刀切」同步禁絕所有另類吸煙產品的做法欠缺充分理據支持。惟世界衛生組織早已指出,所有形式的煙草使用都對人體有害 [8,9],當中自然包括條例草案中的三種煙草產品。此外,近年來的相關研究不斷增加,令國際社會意識到此類產品對公共衛生的危害。

考慮到另類吸煙產帶來的健康問題以及其發展尚未成熟,我們建議政府防微杜漸,以免禍延全港市民,尤其是作為未來社會棟樑的年輕一代。我們殷切期待條例草案通過後,香港能趕上全球其他三十個司法管轄區的步伐 [10],免受電子煙等產品帶來的健康風險困擾。

作為香港未來的醫學專才,我們有責任協助社會認識各類公眾衛生議題。另類吸煙產品的去留關乎每一位市民的健康,因此我們決意全力支持政府,敦促全體立法會議員支持條例草案。然而,我們希望有關當局能更具魄力,處理有關政策時同等看待所有吸煙產品─透過研究全面禁止傳統煙草產品,展現政府對照顧市民健康的長遠承擔。我們期待與各位醫療界同袍、政府以及全體市民一同努力,為實現無煙城市奮鬥 [11]。

二零一九年四月八日

8th April, 2019

Joint Statement on the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019
by Hong Kong Medical Students
Issued Jointly by Medical Societies of HKUSU and CUSU

The “Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019” was introduced by the HKSAR Government into the Legislative Council on 20th February, 2019. This statement serves to urge legislators to pass this Amendment Bill to ban electronic cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes as soon as possible, as well as to highlight the adverse effects brought about by alternative smoking products.

The detrimental effects on health are the most apparent downsides of alternative smoking products. Their health hazards include cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, along with various forms of cancer as demonstrated by numerous studies [1,2,3]. It is important to emphasise that these effects extend to the non-smoking population as well, making this a community-wide issue [4].

In addition, contrary to common belief, alternative smoking products cannot in fact facilitate smoking cessation, as evidenced by multiple authoritative studies [5,6]. Alternative smoking products such as electronic cigarettes are easily accessible by teenagers and marketed extensively through the use of attractive packaging; they appeal predominantly to youngsters who are oblivious of their negative health effects or falsely regard them as safer alternatives. This leads to the alarming trend of consumption of alternative smoking products among younger age groups, which subsequently causes an increased consumption of conventional cigarettes via the well-researched “gateway effect” [7]. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that alternative smoking products cannot fulfil their advertised roles in smoking cessation, but instead exacerbate the smoking epidemic in our younger population.

Many question the evidence supporting the ban of all alternative smoking products, but the WHO has pointed out “all forms of tobacco use are harmful” [8,9]. As more and more research on these products has been conducted, the international community is becoming increasingly informed of the deleterious health effects of these commodities.

In view of the greater health problems that arise from the consumption of alternative smoking products, and their currently immature development, we advise the government to nip it in the bud to protect all citizens of the city, especially the younger generations that are the future pillars of Hong Kong. We anticipate the elimination of such products through the passing of the Amendment Bill, bringing Hong Kong on par with the thirty other jurisdictions in the world that have already imposed bans on electronic cigarettes [10].

As future healthcare professionals in Hong Kong, we bear the responsibility of raising awareness for issues concerning public health. In light of the looming threat of smoking to public health, we are strongly in favour of the Amendment Bill. In the long run, we hope to see the HKSAR Government assess the feasibility of imposing a total ban on tobacco sales in Hong Kong, thus further driving our society towards the ultimate goal of “Tobacco Endgame” [11]. We look forward to joining forces with medical professionals, the Government, and all members of the public in building a smoke-free city.Joint Statement on the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019 by Hong Kong Medical Students

 

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