The Medical Council has created a taskforce comprising prominent doctors and health officials to review the dispensing of medicine at private doctors' clinics. Its creation follows the discovery that 152 patients of Wong Tai Sin doctor Ronald Li Sai-lai seeking treatment for stomach problems were mistakenly given a mislabelled diabetes drug, gliclazide, that triggered low blood-sugar levels in 65 patients, sending 18 to hospital. Four died and one remains in hospital. The Medical Council, responsible for the registration of doctors and for medical ethics, formed the taskforce to discuss ways to ensure safer dispensing. The group is chaired by David Fang Jin-sheng, chairman of the Medical Council's ethics committee and medical superintendent of the private St Paul's Hospital. Also on the panel are Anthony Chan Wing-kin, chief pharmacist of the Department of Health; Deputy Director of Health Leung Ting-hung; president of the Hong Kong Medical Association Choi Kin; and solicitor Mark Lam Kan-ming. Friends of the doctor at the centre of the blunder told association members they feared the introverted Dr Li could suffer depression as a result of the revelations, said Dr Choi. Dr Li, 59, has been a general practitioner for 35 years. He was a council member of the Estate Doctors' Association, now called the Hong Kong Doctors' Union, of which he is still a member. The deadly blunder was not detected for months, until doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital admitted three of his patients, all suffering low blood-sugar levels. The Department of Health was notified on May 27, prompting a police investigation and calls for doctors to leave dispensing to pharmacists. A separate Medical Association taskforce on drug dispensing met yesterday to prepare training courses for clinic assistants.