ANC slams 'outrageous' deaths of 36 psychiatric patients

2016-09-15 18:04
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The African National Congress has expressed shock at the deaths of 36 psychiatric patients in Gauteng and called on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to intervene.

“We call on the health ministry and the health MEC of Gauteng to do everything to speedily find exactly who was responsible for this negligence,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Thursday.

Motsoaledi had already approached the health ombudsman to investigate allegations that the 36 died after they were transferred from the Life Esidimeni facility in Johannesburg to an NGO in Pretoria in May and June.

The move came after the department cancelled its long-running contract with Life Healthcare, which looked after about 2 000 patients, in a bid to cut costs.

Mahlangu had said the patients were transferred without the clinical files that detailed their medical history, according to Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom. This emerged in a reply to a question in the provincial legislature.

The ANC called for severe action against those responsible.

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