Hepatitis C Panel to Review MOH Response

The Ministry of Health's (MOH) action into the outbreak of hepatitis C at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will now be a part of the independent committee's review.

Announcing this yesterday (17 Oct), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "The committee will also look at the processes in both SGH and the MOH to identify whether there are any gaps and areas that we can improve upon so that we can strengthen our system.

"I have also assured the committee that SGH and MOH will extend our full support so as to facilitate the review and to ensure that it is a very thorough review."

The committee has been at work for two weeks reviewing the cause of outbreak, and how such incidents can be avoided in future, said Mr Gan.

To ensure a thorough review, MOH will also invite international experts to help and advise the committee.

In response to queries on whether any contingency plans will be put in place to prevent similar incidents from happening again, Mr Gan said a key objective of the committee is to identify areas for improvement.

The review will take about two months’ time and MOH will share the findings of the review committee with the public when it is ready.

Meanwhile, SGH has reported no new cases of hepatitis C and is providing emotional support for the affected patients and their families.

Source: 

  • “SGH hepatitis C outbreak: Health ministry to invite international experts to advise review committee” (The Straits Times, 17 October 2015)
  • “Hepatitis C: Panel to also review MOH response” (The Straits Times, 18 October 2015)
  • “SGH Hep C cases: MOH to invite international experts to advise review committee” (ChannelNewsAsia, 17 October 2015)
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