2017/03/03 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng Department of Health has announced yesterday, that nominations for a new Mental Health Review Board has been officially opened to qualified members of the public, in line with the Mental Health Care Act, No. 17 of 2002.
The department said that this is part of its efforts to rebuild and capacitate the Gauteng Mental Review Board (GMHRB). It aims to strengthen the GMHRB as it is in line with the Health Ombudsman’s recommendations.
The health Ombudsman, Malegapuru Makgoba had instructed the department, during the release of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill-patients in the province, to re-establish the independence and authority of the GMHRB.
"The nominations will be for appointment as members of the GMHRB for health districts and institutions in five regions,” said the department.
The five districts include Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, West Rand and Sedibeng, and the appropriately qualified candidates will be considered and appointed by MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.
The closing date for the nominations is on 10 March 2017 and the department has advised members of the public to visit their website for more information on the nominations.
The functions and powers of the GMHRB are:
• Considering appeals against decisions of the head of a health establishment;
• Making decisions with regard to assisted or involuntary mental healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation services;
• Consider reviews and make decisions on assisted involuntary mental health care users;
• Consider 72-hours assessment made by the head of healthcare establishment and make decisions to provide further involuntary care, treatment and rehabilitation;
• Consider applications for transfer of mental health care users to maximum security facilities; and
• Consider periodic reports on the mental health status of mentally ill prisoners.