I refer to CNA’s “SGH ‘determined to regain trust of Singaporeans’ after Hepatitis C outbreak”, “We must be determined to learn from this: Health Minister on SGH Hepatitis C outbreak” and “We will work to regain trust of Singaporeans in our healthcare system: Chee Hong Tat”.
Singaporeans should not expect any accountability from a own self hold own self accountable PAP government. If PAP had wanted to hold any PAP-appointed CEO/senior civil servants accountable, a COI would have been convened, not another PAP ‘independent’ review committee.
The current situation is similar to another ‘independent’ committee set up to review AIM by MND: it found no misuse of funds by town councils which sold public property at a steep discount to AIM, a PAP-owned company. The outcome of every wayang committee is a foregone conclusion – wait long long for accountability to be addressed.
MOH said that “within MOH, there was no single division with clear responsibility and capability to deal with the issue, resulting in a gap in ownership”. Will even an idiot believe this?
Minister Gan revealed that SGH, MOH and Singhealth will each appoint a Human Resource panel …. to determine who will be accountable and to assess if disciplinary actions need to be taken. This means that even if the Human Resource panels have determined the person to be held accountable, there could still be no action taken.
In a functioning democracy, heads would have automatically rolled but MOH has yet to determine who, and whether if anyone, will be held accountable. Are we living in North Korea? Why is PAP trivialising 8 deaths and 25 cases of hepatitis infection?
In the private sector, the CEO’s head would likely have been on the chopping block even if there had been only 1 death and fewer patients infected.
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Since PAP runs Singapore as a corporation, it is only right for the CEO of SGH, and others who were negligent, to commit hara kiri immediately.
The families of SGH victims should consider taking legal action against SGH soonest possible and not await any offer of compensation because PAP has no intention of holding anyone accountable. This will send a clear message to the government that it must remove incompetent officers in SGH/MOH to prevent a similar incident from occurring.
The ‘apologies’ from Minister Gan, MOS for Health Chee Hong Tat and SGH CEO ring hollow, ie they have continued to make motherhood statements such as their negligence is a “hard and humbling lesson”, all involved “will learn, improve and work tirelessly”, etc. Any monetary compensation is cold comfort to family members.
Compensation, expected to be a record multi-million dollar payout, will be paid by taxpayers, not SGH CEO or others who were negligent.
Singaporeans should be wary of such a convenient arrangement where heads PAP wins, tails taxpayers lose. Since it has been confirmed SGH and MOH have screwed up big time, PAP should address the issue of accountability before making innocent taxpayers pay the price.