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KKH files police report following pregnant woman's claims that she lost baby after 4-hour A&E wait

KKH files police report following pregnant woman's claims that she lost baby after 4-hour A&E wait

File photo of KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) said on Friday (Mar 25) it has filed a police report over an unidentified pregnant woman's claims that she had lost her baby, after allegedly waiting at the accident and emergency department for about four hours.

"KKH would like to clarify that the online report on the incident at the Urgent O&G Centre is incorrect," said Professor Alex Sia, chief executive officer of the hospital.

"We can definitively say that there is no such scenario. We have since made a police report."

KKH was reponding to CNA's queries after Wake Up Singapore published a post on Friday, alleging that the hospital had spoken to the woman on the phone before it released the statement the day before saying it was not able to identify the patient despite its "best efforts". 

"Preliminary investigations indicate that there is no such case at the hospital on the date indicated in the report," the hospital had said on Thursday.

A few hours after KKH's statement on Friday about making a police report, Wake Up Singapore apologised for posting the woman's claims, saying "it may have been fed lies at every turn".

Wake Up Singapore's post about the alleged incident first made its rounds on Wednesday after the site published the woman's account with a picture of a redacted hospital bill dated Feb 28. 

The article gave a timeline of the woman's account of her visit to KKH. She said she suffered a miscarriage after she was allegedly left unattended at the A&E for four hours.

In a media statement on Friday, Prof Sia thanked the public for allowing the hospital time to investigate the incident and reiterated that there are discrepancies between the story and the bill information shared online.

"Every feedback is an opportunity to do better and we take it seriously, but when there are falsehoods, we must also address them transparently," said Prof Sia. 

"This is a crucial time for everyone in healthcare and we will continue to do our utmost to take care of our patients. 

 

Source: CNA/ic(ta)

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