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SFH on maternal death cases in Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function today (December 22):

Reporter: Does that mean that the staff (of Queen Elizabeth Hospital) are not well-trained enough to handle such kind of complications? What other things will the Government do to prevent such cases from happening ever?

Secretary for Food and Health: I am very concerned about the occurrence of two maternal death cases in a very short period of time. Therefore, I will read the investigation reports done by the Hospital Authority (HA) very cautiously and seriously. In one of the cases, some of the causes or factors have been identified. The HA has promised to improve staff training in this particular area. For the other case, an independent investigation committee has just been set up. I would read both investigation reports carefully and make sure that the HA would do everything possible to improve its services and prevent occurrence of similar cases.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Thursday, December 22, 2016
Issued at HKT 21:30

12 Apr 2019