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Doctor accused of reusing syringes and issuing expired medicines to patients

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Source: HKFP

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A private doctor in Tuen Mun has been accused of issuing medications which are past their expiration dates, reusing syringes, and persuading senior citizens to purchase expensive milk formula using medical vouchers.

 

The accusations were made against private doctor Yung Kin-shing by three nurses who work or have worked at his clinic in Yau Oi Estate, Tuen Mun. All three alleged that they have personally given out expired medication to patients, or have witnessed other staff doing so, Ming Pao reported.

 

Two of the nurses said that they were asked to remove labels which showed the expired dates, and that they were not allowed to throw out used syringes. They also said that they would be willing to testify at hearings if necessary. Footage provided by one of the nurses, and medicine containers from the clinic’s trash, obtained by Ming Pao, found that the dates of expiration on the labels ranged from 2011 to this January. The nurses said that they did not come forward previously because they did not want to affect the doctor and his family, but that the situation has grown more serious in recent years. A third nurse quit her job there after two months because she felt that the doctor was not professional.

 

Yung denied having handed out medications past their expiry dates and said that the containers were used to store cotton and other objects. He also denied forbidding staff to throw away used syringes. Yung said he suggested milk formula because some of the senior citizens were suffering from malnutrition, but he did not respond to allegations that he profited from the transactions. Tuen Mun District Councillor and Labour Party member Tam Chun-yin also said that he had received complaints about the matter, RTHK reported. Tam said that after seeking legal counsel, he and the complainant may lodge a complaint with the Medical Council. He was also worried about the adverse health effects that consuming out of date medicines could have on the patients.

 

The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Preliminary Investigation Committee Chairperson Dr Choi Kin said that around four to five cases out of the 500 complaints that the council receives per year are about medicines past their expiration dates, and usually a hearing would be held to review the matter. The penalties imposed will also vary depending on whether it is intentional fraud, or negligence. The Department of Health said they have not received any complaints with regards to expired medicine but did not answer questions about whether visits have been paid to the clinic or whether any regulatory violations have been found.

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If these accusations are true then I hope that the judge will throw the book at this guy. Reusing syringes is very dangerous, especially if using them with different patients!

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thiis kind of doctor shouls revoke his license as a doctor. the patient can get infect with diseases. what is doctor thinking.

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Tuen Mun, the pinnacle of Hong Kong's medical establishment.....

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His license will surely be revoked and the nurses as well. The nurses should have reported as soon as they knew.

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He is trying to gain at everyone else's expense. Fooling around with used syringes is not something to take likely. We all know that this is how diseases are spread. Some of which are fatal. He shows a disregard for human life. He should be made an example of and barred from practicing and locked up.

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That is so unprofessional. Patients expect a certain level of care and professionalism, this doctor threw those out the window for more profit?

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Scum! Elderly people are already more vulnerable to illness and pathogens due to a dwindling immune system. I can't believe that this so-called doctor put these already vulnerable patients at more risk just to save himself a buck. Hope he gets jailed and loses his medical licence.

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taking expired medicine isn't that concerning but the reusing of syringes is awful!!!!! as can transfer 1 sickness to another!!!! if this is all true, all his patient need to be checked out and he should pay for all their health care!!!!

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I agree this doctor's licence should be revoked plus, he should be serving time in prison.

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Cancel his license , he has to pay Fine and lock him up for 6 months.

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what a disgrace to all doctors!! he needs to be locked up!!

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that is not good. I can't believe the doctor would do things like that to the patients. he should be arrested and take the doctor away from him.

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