The Taipei Municipal Jen Ai Hospital's confession yesterday that it would have been possible to spare an additional bed for a critically injured girl, surnamed Chiu, will give a boost to investigations into potential negligence by hospital personnel, prosecutors said.
"I can assure you that prosecutors have outlined the entire case and interrogations of certain people have already begun," said Lin Bang-liang (
According to Lin, Taipei Prosecutor Chen Chia-hsiu (
At press time yesterday, Chen has finished questioning six people at the hospital.
In the meantime, Chen also contacted other municipal hospitals in the city to see whether all of their beds were also fully occupied on that day.
Lin said that prosecutors are also trying to figure out the process by which hospitals refer their patients to other hospitals when their resources and manpower are fully occupied. In addition, they are also trying to determine an accurate number of all available beds at different hospitals in the city on Jan. 10, when Chiu was hospitalized but told that there was no available bed for her.
"Somebody must have been lazy or told a lie," Lin said. "We are trying to figure out who those people were."