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Ministry apologizes for compensation delay for nurse's death

2019/02/12 22:41:58

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Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) A delay in providing financial compensation to the family of a nurse who perished in a UH-60 Black Hawk rescue helicopter when it crashed in February last year has prompted the Ministry of Civil Service (MOCS) to release a statement Tuesday to apologize and organize a review committee session on the matter.

The nurse, 28-year-old Tsai Yi-min (蔡邑敏), was part of a crew evacuating a patient from Orchid Island aboard the National Airborne Services Corps UH-60M Black Hawk rescue helicopter when it crashed soon after takeoff into waters near the island at around midnight Feb. 5, 2018.

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The other people killed included the pilot, the co-pilot, the flight engineer, the patient and a family member of the patient.

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However, a public backlash erupted when the review committee session for Tsai's compensation was scheduled to be conducted in May at the earliest because a report on the cause of the crash has not yet been released by the Aviation Safety Council.

Following the backlash, the MOCS apologized and rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday.

In the MOCS statement, it said it recognized Tsai's death as that of a civil servant while on duty, but as the degrees of compensation vary it needs to be determined if it falls into the highest degree of braving danger at risk of life.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) criticized the situation, saying that it was very unreasonable that the accident report has still not been prepared and compensation not paid.

He expressed hope that the MOCS will complete the necessary procedures as soon as possible to allow Tsai's family to receive compensation.

Executive Yuan spokesperson Kolas Yotaka also expressed her disappointment and urged the Examination Yuan, which governs the MOCS, to quickly finalize related procedures to allow compensation to be paid.

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Meanwhile, Control Yuan members Chang Wu-shou (張武修), Tsai Chung-yi (蔡崇義) and Wang Mei-yu (王美玉) have also called for an investigation into why the MOCS has taken so long to process the compensation, with Wang describing the situation as "too ridiculous."

(By Ku Chuan, Yu Hsiang and William Yen)