Director of The Taipei City Bureau of Health Chiu Shu-ti (
The rebuke came after the bureau's Secretary-General Hsiao Tung-ming's (
The bureau had signed an order on May 13 to fine the hospital and the doctors for putting off reporting possible SARS cases. The hospital was to be fined NT$1,100,000, and dean of the emergency department Dr. Chang Yu-tai (
Chiu pointed out that this notice was handled by Hsiao.
According to the Taipei City government's internal administrative regulations, any official notice, after it is signed and approved, should be delivered to the recipient within seven days.
The notice, however, was not formally made known until Thursday, which was nine days after the notice was signed.
"Hsiao has already taken the initiative and asked that he be disciplined. Meanwhile, I should be responsible for the careless supervision," Chiu said.
Hsiao has been disciplined with two censures for his administrative oversights.
Although Chiu censured Hsiao accordingly, her private talk with Yeh after the press conference showed that she was reluctant to do so.
Chiu's unwillingness made Yeh raise his voice during their conversation and attracted media attention.
"I find it too harsh to discipline Hsiao over this," Chiu said to Yeh.
"This is not a matter of harshness, but if someone needs to be disciplined it is only correct to do it quickly," Yeh said.
But when asked by the media whether the Taipei City Government was trying to circumvent responsibility, or get its officials out of trouble, Yeh answered that he did not see anything of the kind within the administration.
On Monday, Chiu said the fining of Taipei Municipal Gandau Hospital was the first of its kind in Taipei City, but the evidence suggests that Hoping was supposed to be the first.
The bureau chief of the first division Lee Yu-chu (
Lee said Hsiao might have been too busy and forgot to tell Chiu about the order.
Meanwhile, Liao has declared his intention to appeal against the bureau's decision.
"The doctor's disciplinary board only decided on the doctor's medical judgments and actions, to see whether a doctor is still suitable to continue practicing medicine," said Shen Hsi-che (沈希哲), the bureau chief of third division, at the press conference.