Following is a question by
the Professor Hon Joseph Lee and a written reply by the Secretary for
Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, in the Legislative Council today (May
the Government inform this Council whether it knows:
(1) the respective annual
numbers of public hospital patients in 2014 and 2015 who remained in
hospital for three months or more after being diagnosed to be
clinically fit to be discharged, and set out in the table in Annex a
breakdown by the age and condition of such patients;
(2) a breakdown of the
number of patients mentioned in (1) by reason for overstaying in
hospitals; among these patients, the number of those who still remain
in hospital at present, with a breakdown by the year in which they
were diagnosed to be clinically fit to be discharged; and
(3) the measures currently
adopted by the Hospital Authority or relevant government departments
to assist patients overstaying in public hospitals to be discharged as
soon as possible, and the expenditure so incurred in the past two
years; among the patients mentioned in (1), the number of those who,
with the assistance provided under such measures, have already been
discharged or have committed to a definite discharge date so far?
following is my consolidated reply to the various parts of the
question raised by the Professor Hon Joseph Lee relating to the cases
where patients remained in hospital after being diagnosed to be
clinically fit to be discharged.
are many reasons for patients to remain in public hospitals even after
being diagnosed to be clinically fit to be discharged.
The Hospital Authority (HA) does not maintain statistical
record on these patients by age, category, reason for remaining in
hospital and the year in which they were diagnosed to be clinically
fit to be discharged. In
order to facilitate the effective handling of the cases of these
patients by the hospitals, the HA has put in place a set of guidelines
on the procedures and points to note in handling such cases.
The hospitals will maintain good communication with the
relevant parties, and review and follow up on the cases in a regular
handling such cases, the hospital concerned will set up working groups
where necessary to follow up on individual cases.
Members of the working group for each case include
representatives from the hospital management, healthcare
professionals, social workers, Patient Relations Officers and
representatives from other government departments which may provide
assistance. To cater for
the patient's needs, family members of the patient will also be
invited to attend meetings of the working group so that a discharge
date and appropriate discharge arrangements can be discussed and
determined. The hospitals
will review and follow up on the progress of these cases closely to
help the patients in their discharge from hospitals as soon as
the cost of the above measures is covered by the day-to-day operating
expenditure of the hospitals, the HA does not have the information on
the expenditure for the relevant measures for the past two years.
Neither does the HA have the statistics on patients who, after
receiving assistance through the above measures, have been discharged
or have committed to a definite discharge date.