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Hospital Authority defends handling of transplant case Listen
The Hospital Authority has defended its staff in their handling of a series of operations, in which the heart and lung of a cancerous patient were transplanted to two recipients. Transplant operations for the kidney and liver were aborted at the last minute after doctors discovered a tumour on the kidney. The authority said the incident should not be regarded as a medical blunder, but promised to look into whether more pre-transplant tests should be conducted. Jim Gould asked Dr Albert Chan of the liver transplant team at Queen Mary Hospital, which halted the operation after the cancer was discovered, whether it was an unusual case.
Meeting between mainland official and Democratic Party, a step in the right direction: academic Listen
An academic says a meeting earlier this week between an official from the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and leaders of the Democratic Party was a step in the right direction. Dr Cheung Chor-yung - a Senior Teaching Fellow at the City University's Department of Public Policy – said the democratic camp can’t be ignored when it comes to governing Hong Kong. The official, Feng Wei, appealed to political parties in Hong Kong to set aside their differences and support the Chief Executive, CY Leung, and his government. But Dr Cheung tells Annemarie Evans that although the meeting was in the right direction, one should not place too much emphasis on it.
China needs to carry out difficult economic reforms, says Economist magazine's banking editor Listen
It's been a tumultuous week for stock markets around the world, sparked by an 8.5 percent plunge in mainland shares in what's now known as "Black Monday". The slump sent shock waves throughout Asia, Europe and America, with widespread fears of a mainland-led global economic slowdown. Even though markets have rebounded somewhat, a dark cloud hangs over the mainland's economy. In an article published on Friday, the Economist magazine discusses what Beijing needs to do to fix the economy. The magazine’s banking editor, Stanley Pignal, tells Annemarie Evans that there have long been concerns over the real health of the mainland’s economy.