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Hospital Authority forms review committee on medical equipment and facility maintenance
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hospital Authority (HA) announced today (March 6) that a committee will be formed to review the maintenance of public hospital medical equipment and facilities and provide advice on policy direction for managing relevant issues.

     The HA spokesman said, "Safety of patients and staff is the HA's utmost concern. The HA has always been committed in providing a safe environment for our patients and healthcare staff. We will invite experts from different professions, including the HA Board members, engineering and corporate communication experts to join the committee in assisting the HA to improve the policy direction for managing relevant issues in hospitals."

     The HA has requested all clusters and hospitals to complete a preliminary inspection of the facilities within one month and also strengthen the existing facility maintenance. 

     The committee will review the following aspects and make recommendations within three months' time:
  1. Response and overall management process of several recent incidents related to hospital maintenance work;
  2. Full review of prevailing procedure and reporting mechanism between the HA Head Office and hospitals; and
  3. Internal and external communication when relevant incidents occurred in public hospitals.

     The spokesman reiterates that the HA has been proactively and stringently following up on issues related to hospital safety. The HA will also strengthen its supervision of contractors' maintenance work to ensure the safety of the hospital environment.
Ends/Monday, March 6, 2023
Issued at HKT 20:05
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