The Pulse:Overcrowding and manpower crisis at public hospitals & does food expiration dates matter

The flu season is upon us, and, not for the first time it’s led to overcrowding and a medical manpower crisis in public hospitals. According to the Hospital Authority, around 230 people have died since the start of the winter flu season in early January. Public hospitals are severely stretched. With us in the studio are legislator Kwok Ka-ki and Alex Lam Chairman of Hong Kong Patients’ Voices. Food waste in Hong Kong is a big problem. It makes up the largest portion of municipal waste in local landfills. We dump more than 3,000 tonnes each day. Some of it is perfectly edible. And it’s not just cheap food. Many packaged food products, especially in supermarkets, are marked with “use by” or “best before” dates. Just before the Lunar New Year, there were reports on social media t

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