Medical Negligence in Hong Kong and How to Avoid It

An Introductory Guide


Cheong Peng Meng

ISBN : 978-988-8528-17-2

Medicine, Health Sciences, Public Health

October 2019

216 pages, 6″ x 9″, 5 b&w illus. & 12 tables

  • HK$550.00
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Also available in Paperback HK$225.00

Medical Negligence in Hong Kong and How to Avoid It provides essential information concerning the potential legal liabilities that medical professionals face when they treat patients. An easy-to-read reference, this book discusses landmark medical negligence case and analyzes medical malpractice specifically in the context of practicing medicine. It is divided into two parts. Part I sets the stage by giving an account of the development of negligence law in common-law jurisdictions including Hong Kong and ends with a discussion of selected medical negligence cases decided in Hong Kong courts. Part II sets out the practical issues relating to negligence law, including risk management, procedures to manage complaints and lawsuits, and alternative dispute resolution.

Cheong Peng Meng is an associate consultant in orthopaedics and traumatology at the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. He is also an honorary clinical assistant professor at both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

“Written by an experienced frontline medical practitioner with a degree in law, this book provides an accessible and comprehensive overview of the procedures related to medicolegal cases in the Hong Kong SAR and includes a detailed and insightful discussion on some of the landmark Hong Kong court cases arising from accusations of medical negligence. The book is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals practicing in the SAR. I am glad to recommend it to all readers with an interest in medicine and law.” —Dr. Ko Wing Man, GBS, JP, Former Secretary for Food and Health, Hong Kong SAR

“Medical negligence disputes could be resolved not only by litigation but also by other means such as mediation. There are interesting chapters in Dr. Cheong Peng Meng’s book, including one on resolving medical disputes by ADR processes. Medical practitioners and mediators will find this book helpful and invigorating.” —Ting-kwok Iu, MH, solicitor and mediator; adjunct professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

“The author should be praised for his efforts to collect ample local data to illustrate his viewpoints, including court cases, Medical Council cases, and alternative dispute resolutions figures. Written in a concise manner, this book offers discussions and analyses of an extensive range of the topics that can be reviewed within a short period of time.” —Dr. Danny Lee, Council Member, the Medical Council of Hong Kong

“The book is easy to read and understand. It is short but rich with information. . .  [I]f you are doing anything related to medical negligence, it is worthwhile to include this book in your library.” —Hong Kong Lawyer