Re­port on pa­tients’ deaths out soon

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

THE Health Om­buds­man’s re­port into the deaths of psy­chi­atric pa­tients in Gaut­eng will be re­leased next Wed­nes­day.

Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi com­mis­sioned the probe in Septem­ber af­ter Gaut­eng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu dis­closed the deaths in the Gaut­eng Leg­is­la­ture.

Mahlangu said 36 pa­tients had died in NGOs, where they had been trans­ferred from Life Health­care Esidi­meni af­ter her depart­ment can­celled its con­tract with the com­pany, which was look­ing af­ter about 2 000 psy­chi­atric pa­tients.

It has sub­se­quently been con­firmed that more pa­tients have died.

Com­ment­ing on the im­mi­nent re­lease of the re­port, Jack Bloom of the DA yes­ter­day said his party “welcomes the prompt re­lease of pa­tient deaths re­port”.

“I wel­come the news that the Health Om­buds­man’s re­port into the deaths of psy­chi­atric pa­tients in Gaut­eng will be re­leased on Jan­uary 18.”

The DA MPL, who has re­peat­edly called on Mahlangu to re­sign or be fired by Premier David Makhura, com­mended Pro­fes­sor Male­ga­puru Mak­goba for mak­ing his re­port pub­lic in good time so that the full truth was re­vealed.

“This will hope­fully pro­vide guide­lines for the fu­ture hu­mane treat­ment of vul­ner­a­ble psy­chi­atric pa­tients.” – ANA

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