Man’s body found rotting in hospital

2010-01-02 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — The body of a man who went to a hospital in the Eastern Cape on Christmas Eve was found rotting in a consulting room five days later.

Eastern Cape Health Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo yesterday expressed MEC Phumulo Masualle’s dismay.

“To discover a body that is decomposing five days later because of the smell shows that there is a serious lapse in cleaning services and hygiene at the hospital [St Elizabeth regional hospital at Lusikisiki]. It is unacceptable.

“At this stage of our investigation it appears that some staff members were indeed negligent. And they will have to pay the price if they are found guilty,” Kupelo said.

The 60-year-old man, whose identity was withheld by the department, arrived at the hospital at 10 am on Christmas Eve and was examined by a nurse and then by a doctor.

Kupelo declined to elaborate on the man’s illness.

“It appears as if the man locked himself in the consulting room, where he was found on a hospital bed on Tuesday …”

On New Year’s Eve, worried family members went to look for the man at the hospital, but the name they gave and the one in the hospital records differed.

“The MEC has demanded a full investigation within two weeks,” Kupelo said, adding that the department will meet the man’s family on Monday to discuss the issue.

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