Tue, May 20, 2003 - Page 8 News List

Nurse Chen's death was senseless

By Sun Ching-yu 孫慶餘

What needs to be explained is why Wu Kang-wen (吳康文) -- a superintendent deemed "unqualified" by the medical world, who was dismissed by former Taipei mayor Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) -- was appointed head of Hoping Hospital?

Who turned a blind eye to Chiu and encouraged her to question the central government and not accept the central government's orders? After Hoping Hospital committed a serious mistake, who gave Chiu a flower basket at Taipei City Council and decided the KMT and PFP should give up their interpellation in order to spare Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chiu embarrassment?

It is these people who must be responsible for the fall of front-line medical workers -- those people who have no standards of right and wrong or care nothing about epidemic prevention must be responsible for Chen's death.

Sun Ching-yu is a freelance columnist.

Translated by Grace Shaw

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