Staff who swapped dead babies to face disciplinary hearing

2015-07-10 12:17
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Johannesburg - Bheki Mlangeni Hospital staff will face disciplinary action after a Soweto family was given the wrong dead baby, the Gauteng Health Department said on Friday.

“There will be a disciplinary procedure … [The staff] must be given an opportunity to tell us what transpired. We will also have representation,” spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

The four staff members, three mortuary workers and a clerk, were suspended this week.

The hearing will be held in a few weeks, after which a neutral chairperson will make a ruling.

“We take the matter very seriously,” said Mabona.

Last week Ntsekiseng Gobela gave birth to a baby who died shortly afterwards. She was given the wrong corpse and then allegedly had to search for her baby in the hospital mortuary.

Mabona said DNA testing was used to find the correct body. He said the body given to Gobela appeared to have the incorrect tag, while her own baby was untagged.

Democratic Alliance MP Jack Bloom has called for mortuary procedures in hospitals to be tightened up and for mortuary staff to get sensitivity training.

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