DA dis­ap­pointed at de­lay in death re­port

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIPHELELE DLUDLA

THE DA in Gaut­eng ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the de­lay of the re­lease of the re­port into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths of men­tally ill pa­tients in the prov­ince.

This comes af­ter Gaut­eng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Fri­day re­quested a fur­ther ex­ten­sion un­til Tues­day next week to pro­vide her com­ments on the draft in­terim re­port into the deaths of the pa­tients.

The re­port into the deaths by Health Om­buds­man Pro­fes­sor Male­ga­puru Mak­goba was set to be re­leased to­mor­row.

Mak­goba con­firmed that the re­lease of the re­port was de­layed “un­til fur­ther no­tice”.

Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi com­mis­sioned the probe in Septem­ber last year af­ter Mahlangu dis­closed the deaths to mem­bers of the Gaut­eng Leg­is­la­ture.

At least 36 psy­chi­atric pa­tients died in NGOs where they had been trans­ferred from Life Health­care Esidi­meni, af­ter Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Health can­celled its con­tract with this com­pany, which was look­ing af­ter about 2 000 pa­tients.

DA shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said he ex­pected the re­port to have ad­verse find­ings against Mahlangu. “I am dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised that the re­lease of the Health Om­buds­man’s re­port has been de­layed.” – ANA

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