In updates given on Thursday afternoon (17 March 2016), the Ministry of Health and Singapore General Hospital announced disciplinary action taken against 4 MOH and 12 SGH officials for falling short in last year’s Hepatitis C outbreak. The outbreak affected 25 renal patients resulting in 8 deaths. MOH and SGH declined to reveal the identities of the personnel punished.
The 12 SGH staff includes senior management figures and their punishments were stern warnings and financial penalties. For frontline nurses caring for patients, SGH disciplinary panel recommended retraining and ensure staff complied with infection control measures.
4 MOH officials that held Director-level positions received warnings, stern warnings and financial penalties for their failure to uphold an effective and timely infectious disease notification.