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unethical attitude towards patient
This doctor, Hung Yu-Tak, is the worst doctor I have encountered during my whole past experience. I cannot comment on his professional skill as a doctor since he had not even "seen" my father (now deceased) at all when I brought him to see Hung in St Teresa's hopital (STH) on May 14, 2014; but his rude and unethical attitude is what I want to put into record so that future patients can avoid getting hurt by the same doctor if and when they run into similar siutation in the coming days.
My father had been seen by a very good doctor (Wong Wai Lun) at STH during a long stay there from February to April this year, which enabled him to be finally discharged on April 16 and returned home. But when his problem returned which needed urgent readmission back to STH, Dr. Wong was not around and STH sent us to Hung for a "new referral" to be admitted.
When the "out-patient department" at STH sent us to Hung on May 14 in the morning, I wheel-chaired my father into Hung's room where Hung DID NOT EVEN TOUCH my father during his whole stay there. The only thing Hung did was to look up the computer and told us that because of Dr. Wong's note there that my father was having cough and sputtum problems, Hung could only admit my father under the condition of "isolation with a stay in a private room". Hung then immediately pressed us with the high charge of the private room (HK$ 2,000 per day according to Hung) which gave us a feeling that he simplily wanted to send us away and not to be admitted under his care. And when I tried to explain that father was already having cough and sputtum problems during his previous stay in the 4-person room at STH, Hung simplily ignored it and insisted my father to be checked in that private room.
As a result, my father was finally treated in a public hospital later that night and passed away there.
The most unethical thing to us is that, Hung was hidding the real purpose of that "isolation procedure" from us when he was forcing us to check in the private room. We only found out later (after my father died) from talking to an administrator at STH. It turns out that patients with coughing problems may need to be isolated initially at STH when they are first admitted, but it will take only a short time (1 to 2 days) to be transferred back to a shared room (with lower cost) after further tests have been done (like chest X-ray and sputum sample tests) and the patient is cleared from any infection. The administrator at STH told me that Hung should have explained this very clearly to us when he mandated us to check in a private room.
Had Hung did what the administrator said, my father may still be alive and getting treatment at STH...