PM Lee: Learn from Hepatitis C Experience

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stressed that the health authorities need to put things right when something goes wrong, learn from the experience and improve.
 
Referring to the recent hepatitis C infections at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), he added: "We also always have to be open and transparent with the public and with the patients about what has happened, because we must maintain public confidence and trust in the healthcare system."
 
SGH had found out that 22 renal patients from one of its wards had the viral infection,  which are likely picked up between April and June. They are in the midst of screening 678 patients who were in its renal wards between January and June this year, as well as 273 staff who were working there.
 
The Ministry of Health (MOH), who was notified of the matter in late August, is still investigating the case and has also launched a separate independent investigation.
 
Speaking at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital yesterday (10 Oct), PM Lee said, "When something like this happens our approach must always be first to put things right, find out what's wrong and to put things right, to safeguard the health and well-being of patients."
 
Source: “Learn from hepatitis C experience: PM” (The Straits Times,  11 Oct 2015)

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