The Heir of Samsung has apologized for Samsung Medical Center (SMC) being unable to control MERS outbreak. The spread of the disease is linked to loopholes in the emergency room.
The apparent heir to Samsung Group which is the largest of South Korea’s family controlled conglomerates on Tuesday apologized for a failure of Samsung hospital. The apology comes at a time when the Samsung hospital has been unable to deal with the country’s outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
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The hospital owned by Samsung Group, Samsung Medical Center has been at the heart of this outbreak. The MERS outbreak has already killed 27 South Koreans. Up till now there have been a total of 175 confirmed cases of the virus in the country of which 85 were found to have been infected at the hospital owned by Samsung Group, which before the outbreak was widely known as South Korea’s best.
Lee Jae-yong in a nationally televised speech on Tuesday stated that the group’s Samsung Medical Center has caused too much pain and worry for the people as it has failed to prevent the infection and spread of the MRES. He also bowed down deeply and stated that he bows his head in apology to all those who have been caused pain.
“Our Samsung Medical Center has caused too big a pain and worry for the people by failing to prevent the infection and spread of MERS,” the Samsung executive, Lee Jae-yong, said Tuesday. “I bow my head in apology,” he said (via NYTimes).
Lee Jae-yong, 47, whose father is Lee Kun-hee the chairman of Samsung Group has been a subject of close scrutiny as he is gearing up to assume control over one of the largest conglomerate in South Korea. Lee Jae-yong’s father is 73 and has been hospitalized at Samsung Medical Center since suffering a heart attack more than a year ago.
The apparent heir to Samsung also promised thorough reforms at the hospital including upgrading its emergency room where overcrowding was cited as the reason by experts as a central factor in the diseases quick spread.
The hospital has also apologized for all the loopholes in its infection room. The younger Lee has already replaced his father as chairman of Samsung Life Public Welfare Foundation which runs the hospital.
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Apart from this he also took over as the chairman of Samsung cultural foundation and both these foundations hold stakes in Samsung Life Insurance which is a very important piece in the complex web of Samsung subsidiaries through which the Lee family controls the group.