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Gauteng will work with families to find closure



2017/02/01 Rofhiwa Marubini-Tshitahe

​Gauteng Premier David Makhura met with families affected by the decision to move patients form the Life Esidimeni to Non -Governmental Organisations on 15 December and again today in Pretoria.

The Premier has reaffirmed his commitment to work with the National Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the in -coming Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa to engage with the bereaved families to find closure in line with the recommendations of the Health Ombudsman.

All patients that are currently placed in NGOs will be transferred to public healthcare facilities and State-Owned Institutions where competencies to take care of their specialised needs are available.
This process will be initiated within seven days in order for it to be concluded within 45 days as recommended by the Health Ombudsman.
“I would like to reiterate that I deeply regret and profusely apologise for the tragic loss of lives of our fellow citizens who were patients under the care of our Provincial Department of Health,” Makhura said.
 
He added that “health is about saving lives and the circumstances under which the patients died were unacceptable.”