Report into deaths of psychiatric patients delayed

2017-01-16 18:08
Health Ombud Malegapuru Makgoba (Supplied)

Health Ombud Malegapuru Makgoba (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – A report into the deaths of 36 mentally ill patients in Gauteng will be delayed, the Health Ombud said on Monday.

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu wanted more time to peruse the document.

The ombud, Malegapuru Makgoba, said he had given a draft interim report to Mahlangu on January 6. She had undertaken to provide him with feedback by Friday, January 13, he said.

That evening, he received a letter from her, asking for an extension. Makgoba granted her one until Tuesday, January 24.

A press briefing on the report, which was scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed until further notice.

Last September, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he had asked Makgoba to investigate the deaths of 36 patients after they were transferred from the Life Esidimeni hospital’s facility in Johannesburg to various NGOs in May and June.

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

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