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United Christian Hospital update on pathology report incident

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an incident of pathology report deviations announced earlier, the spokesperson of the United Christian Hospital (UCH) gave the following update today (August 21):

     Following the announcement made on August 11, the UCH conducted a thorough check of the concerned 118 pathology reports against the patients' medical records again. In addition to the three death cases previously announced, another four cases of death were identified. There was no pathology diagnostic error in the four reports, only minor adjustments had been made. There was also no change in the treatment plan for the four patients. The death of these patients had no relation to the revision of the pathology reports.

     The independent panel set up to investigate the incident will complete the investigation and make recommendations in a report to be submitted to the Hospital Authority Head Office within eight weeks.

     The UCH Patient Relations Team will continue to provide assistance to the patients concerned. The enquiry hotline (tel: 3949 7994) will continue to operate to answer patients' queries.

     The UCH expresses again sincere apologies to all patients and relatives concerned.

Ends/Thursday, August 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:38


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