No evidence to suggest foul play in SGH hepatitis C outbreak: Police

The Singapore General Hospital in Outram.
The Singapore General Hospital in Outram.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Investigations have not revealed evidence to suggest any foul play in relation to the hepatitis C cluster at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the police said in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 8).

 

The findings have been submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers for review, and shared with the Independent Review Committee appointed by the Ministry of Health.

SGH filed a police report on Oct 20, two weeks after it revealed that 22 patients had contracted hepatitis C while receiving treatment at its renal wards.

It said the report was filed "so that the police may ascertain if there was any foul play".

In its last update on Nov 19, SGH said 927 patients, who were admitted to the affected wards 64A and 67 from January to September this year, have been screened for the virus. Of these patients, 917 tested negative while seven test results were pending. 

Three more patients tested positive for the virus after SGH's initial announcement on Oct 6, bringing the total number of patients infected to 25

The hospital has also screened 318 staff, with all testing negative.