DA disappointed at delay in death report
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