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Social media has become a powerful communication platform which enables the communication and distribution of information across the globe. However, its use also presents a number of risks. In this special edition, we consider the importance of regulation when social media is used in the healthcare context. In doing so, we consider the recent changes to the Code of Professional Conduct by the Medical Council which came into effect in October 2022 and the impact of changes relating to doctors’ dissemination of professional service information to the public and patients in social media and other media and share our observations.
The Medical Council of Hong Kong (the Medical Council) introduced a number of amendments to the Code of Professional Conduct published in January 2016 (the Code) with regard to doctors’ dissemination of professional service information (Relevant Information) to the public and patients, as well as unsolicited promotion of services. Such amendments recently came into effect in October 2022.
These amendments potentially increase the methods of disseminating Relevant Information (such as in social media) and unsolicited promotion of services, that will be subject to the Medical Council’s scrutiny. The amendments are likely to impact how doctors and medical practice groups communicate and the type of information they decide to communicate to the public and their patients. Awareness of these developments is therefore important for both doctors and insurers.
Case review 16-12-2022
In this case the Hong Kong Court dismissed the defendants’ summons for (i) specific discovery of documents relating to the plaintiff’s earnings, and (ii) an Order that the plaintiff do file and serve her answers to the defendants’ interrogatories without order. The defendants were ordered to pay costs of the entire summons although they did not pursue the specific discovery application and abandoned part of their interrogatories as the Court found that the defendant’s requested documents and information were not necessary.
Green for go: Kennedys to slash carbon emissions after plans approved by leading climate and science experts
We are delighted to announce our commitment to drastically reducing carbon emissions after teaming up with a leading group of climate and science experts.
Congratulations to our partners in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore who have been recognised in the Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2022.
We are delighted to have promoted 35 senior associates to legal director/of counsel with a further 59 promotions to senior associate.
It's our world, and here's how we're collaborating to make a difference in celebration of Global Goals Week
Global Goals Week is well and truly underway and through our Responsible Business Programme we are continuing to support the UNSDGs and incorporating the principles of the UN Global Compact into our local and global initiatives.
Case review 21-09-2022
In a recent High Court judgment of Sit Ka Chun v. Wing Wong Scaffolding Ltd & Others (HCPI 144/2020, 15 June 2022), Master Alexander Tang refused to accept the Plaintiff’s case on the extent of injuries in a construction injury claim and awarded around 1/10 of his pleaded claim. The Court also clarified several important principles of adverse inference for not calling witness at trial. Kennedys acted for the successful Defendants and have recovered substantial costs on an indemnity basis at enhanced interest rate on the strength of the Sanctioned Payments by the Defendants.
We have appointed Karen Peskett-Hall as our first director of transformation, who will oversee a programme of business improvements.
Dive In calls on the industry to build braver cultures as registration opens to the biggest festival yet
Now in its eighth year, the festival is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 150 events taking place for the first time ever, being held in at least 40 countries across the world from 27-29 September.