Health Minister Khaw comments on medical negligence in hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Parliament last week, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan spoke on the issue of medical negligence in response to questions from Member of Parliament (MP) Lee Bee Wah. He informed that, over the last five years, there were three cases of alleged medical negligence in Singapore's public hospitals that went to trial. In all three cases, the courts ruled in favour of the hospitals.

For cases that were settled out-of-court, there was an average of eight a year. Details of these cases were not known to the Health Ministry as non-disclosure terms were usually part of the settlements.

The Minister added that for each adverse outcome case, the hospital's quality assurance committee is required to review, recommend and follow up on risk reduction strategies to prevent future adverse events.