The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

KK Hospital CEO reprimanded by MOH


The Ministry of Health (MOH) has sent a "stern letter" reprimanding the head of KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) for the lack of supervision and oversight which resulted in two babies going home with the wrong parents last month.

The Ministry, in a statement following a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon on how two babies were swopped, said it found such a lapse "unacceptable".

The letter to Professor Kenneth Kwek was to register the ministry's "disappointment and concern on the lack of supervision and oversght, especially with regard to patient identity and safety in the nursery".

Two babies went home with the wrong parents on Nov 18. The mistake was discovered when one family noticed that the infant carried the name tags of two mothers - one on each ankle.