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Patients' group expresses reservations Listen
The chairman of the concern group Hong Kong Patients' Voice, Alex Lam, says he has some reservations about the latest government proposals to change the composition of the Medical Council. Under the proposals, representatives of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine will be doubled to four - two will still be appointed, and two will be elected among the academy. To make the change possible, the Hospital Authority and the Department of Health will each give up one seat, and will, as a result, only have one representative each on the council. But Lam told Jim Gould that he accepts the proposals because there is no point in causing more delays in implementing them by debating the matter further.
Concerns over Link REIT's actions Listen
A group of pro-democracy district councillors have urged the authorities to stop Link REIT getting rid of any more of its facilities, warning the sales are seriously undermining the livelihoods of poorer sections of society. Reports say the REIT is planning to sell another 17 of its shopping malls by the end of the year, but the trust has refused to confirm this. In recent years, the sale of some 30 Link REIT malls has been blamed for driving away small businesses and the councillors say if the government continues to sit on the matter, they may help residents turn to the courts. Southern district councillor, Au Nok-hin, spoke to Todd Harding.
Fukushima victims not given a great deal of compensation: correspondent Listen
A court in Japan has ordered the government and the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen - or US$4.5 million - to residents affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster. The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power to improve safety measures - despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region. The 3,800 plaintiffs who sued in 2015 are the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across the country. RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, told Jim Gould that the residents have not been paid a great deal of money considering what they had endured.