Hong Kong Medical Law Brief - Summer 2020 edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Hong Kong Medical Law Brief

First, we hope you are staying healthy and safe!

In this Summer edition, we look into a recent decision of Medical Council on the use of restrainers in residential care homes for the elderly. Consent and assessment are required prior to any use of restrainers, and this recent decision reminds all healthcare practitioners to ensure that their practice conforms to the Code of their professional body as well as the Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) issued by the Social Welfare Department.

We also share our analysis of a High Court case where the court awarded the cost of an exoskeleton, an innovative device that helps a paraplegic plaintiff to improve his health, as the court said this was not an ‘unwarranted luxury’.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Medical Law Brief. We also welcome your comments and suggestions for our next edition.

Christine Tsang


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