Focus on lessons learnt

I strongly agree with senior health correspondent Salma Khalik that transparency and accountability are critical to maintaining public confidence in our healthcare system ("Name those responsible for hep C infections at SGH"; last Saturday).

But I disagree with her call to identify the officers involved.

Yes, this was an incident of unprecedented catastrophic proportions, with many lives lost and even more being physically and emotionally hurt.

But disclosing the responsible parties neither serves any purpose nor can it change anything.

Instead of subjecting these officers to a trial by media, which will certainly further sap morale, let us focus on the painful lessons learnt.

Public-sector healthcare is a thankless job. The hepatitis C outbreak was not a case of personal indiscretion.

Let us give the healthcare leaders time and space to repair and rebuild, and to regain our trust.

Li Ze Zong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2016, with the headline 'Focus on lessons learnt'. Print Edition | Subscribe