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Hong Kong medical social workers were in contact with 2 mentally disabled brothers before they died, health minister says

Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau says authorities, including police, will investigate lead-up to death of brothers after their mother was admitted to hospitalHospital staff had contacted medical social workers, who then reached out to pair to discuss post-discharge care arrangements, he saysHong Kong societyFiona SunPublished: 6:52pm, 28 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hong Kong’s health minister on Thursday said medical social workers had been in contact with two mentally disabled brothers before they were found dead at home after their mother was admitted to hospital, adding police would investigate the case.

Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau broke his silence on the tragedy amid questions over whether medical staff had done enough, saying authorities would examine the circumstances leading up to the death of the two brothers.

“As for why they were able to take care of themselves over the past four months but then eventually die at home, this will have to wait for the probe into the cause of death and the police investigation,” he said.

The two brothers, aged 53 and 55, were found dead in a 38th-floor flat at Sau Mau Ping Estate in Kowloon last Friday when officers were alerted to a strong smell coming from the home.

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