Fractured arm puts Suen in hospital

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am


Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung was admitted to hospital yesterday with a broken arm following a fall at his home.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau said Suen, 68, was in a stable condition and would stay in hospital for the next two days.

He would be on sick leave today and tomorrow and his deputy, Kenneth Chen Wei-on, would take over his duties until he returned to work on Wednesday.

The spokesman said Suen (pictured) had an accident at his Happy Valley home and that X-rays revealed 'minor fractures' in his right arm. No further details were given.

The education chief was last admitted to hospital in December for a 12-day stay after being diagnosed with legionnaires' disease.

Confirmation that Suen was suffering from legionnaires' disease caused widespread hygiene and safety concerns at the government's new headquarters in Admiralty.

Several water samples from various places in the government building, including the chief executive's office, were found to contain the Legionella bacteria, which causes the severe form of pneumonia.

Suen also suffers from kidney problems and has been on dialysis since October 2010.

His term of office, like that of other members of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration, will end on June 30.

Suen joined the government in 1966 as an administrative officer and took up the post of secretary for education in July 2007.