Ex-director to face Sars inquiry first

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am

Former director of health Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, who is now a World Health Organisation director in Geneva, will be among the first officials to be questioned this month by a special Legco inquiry into the handling of the Sars outbreak.

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong will be the last to make an appearance - in March - panel chairman Law Chi-kwong said yesterday.

He said Dr Yeoh deserved to get 'the last say'.

A decision on whether to summon Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa would be made next month, Dr Law said.

He was speaking after a closed-door meeting of the Legco select committee that will investigate the handling of the Sars outbreak by the government and the Hospital Authority.

The hearings are set for December 13, 16 and 20, before the panel recesses for Christmas.