Wife slams report laying blame over HIV-tainted transplants
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chen Pei-chi, the wife of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) Department of Traumatology Director Ko Wen-che (柯文哲), yesterday accused National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) of lying during an investigation into a HIV-tainted organ transplant.
August 21, 2013, 3:23 pm TWN
The Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Functionaries (CDSF) announced Saturday that Ko will be demoted two levels due to the case, in which NTUH oversaw organs from a HIV-carrier transplanted into five patients in 2011.
Chen said that CDSF did not notify all of the people involved in the incident before issuing the punishment, giving Ko no chance to prepare a response.
“It is acceptable that Ko has to be responsible for this incident,” Chen said.”But I cannot accept the fact that Ko, who truly loves the hospital that he works for, is the only one who has been blamed.”
“The NTUH report, which was accepted by the Control Yuan and the CDSF, is a lie.
“NTUH's standard operation procedure for organ transplants was revised after the HIV-tainted organ transplants took place, but the hospital blamed Ko based on the updated procedure.
“This incident might have been the result of administrative negligence, however none of the administrative officials of the NTUH were blamed.”
Chen said that Ko has been promoting organ donation for six years and conducting organ transplants for 17 years in order to give more disadvantaged people the opportunity to receive transplants.
“The NTUH made Ko take responsibility for this incident without even apologizing to those five patients,” Chen said. “This is extremely unfair for everyone involved.”
Ko was accused of having violated the Physicians Act and not following the NTUH's standard operation procedure, according to the investigation report issued by the Department of Health (DOH), which has since been upgraded to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
In 2011 Ko admitted that he had not personally interpreted the test results of the organ donor, as revealed in the DOH report; rather, Ko had allowed a coordinator to key test results directly into the transplant center's database. This was the on which later transplants were carried out.
No Comment: NTUH
NTUH yesterday refused to comment on any personal opinions regarding the incident.
The hospital, however, did say that it has not received official notification from the CDSF, so Ko still remains the director of Department of Traumatology and a professor at National Taiwan University's medical school.