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The District Council Elections; Work-Life Balance; Not Enough Resources for Chronic Blood Disease Patients (28 Oct 2011)


Next Sunday Hong Kong is holding District Council elections. This year, the more moderate pro democrats, are facing a particularly tough challenge, finding themselves opposed in many districts not only by pro-establishment figures but also by more radical democratic candidates.With us in the studio are Michael DeGolyer of the Hong Kong Transition project, and former district councillor Ada Wong.You may not have noticed, but trade unions are not particularly strong in Hong Kong. That, and the lack of a reliable social security safety net means it tends to be an employers market more than an employees market. In many companies, the concept of an eight or nine-hour working day is a dream. Many employees spend too much of their lives at work. But allowing staff to better balance work and private life can pay off for employers too. Thalassaemia and haemophilia are genetic diseases of the blood that can be fatal but that with good primary medical care can be controlled. Those with these conditions can have reduced life expectancies and still face risks and ongoing symptoms. Sufferers in Hong Kong feel that not enough resources are being devoted to these diseases.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, October 28, 2011
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