MOH HEP C OUTBREAK REVIEW COMMITTEE: SGH STAFF ARE TO BLAME

The Independent Review Committee set up by MOH placed blame on SGH staff for the Hepatitis C virus outbreak. According to the report, SGH staff broke multiple rules of infection control.

1) Not following standard procedures in administering blood-taking and giving medication
2) Inefficient workflow designs
3) Contaminated medical equipment and environment due to inadequate cleaning and disinfection practices

Due to the outbreak, seven patients were infected and passed away with Hepatitis C as a contributory factor. Police investigations have ruled out foul play.

MOH, SGH and SingHealth will appoint a human resource panel to determine accountability for the outbreak. The panels will investigate the roles, responsibilities and actions of all key staff and determine if disciplinary action will be meted out.

While Health Minister Gan Kim Yong apologised to the victims and their families, he stopped short of offering his resignation for the latest health gaffee.

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