2017/03/09 Thembisa Shologu
At least 63 mental patients have been transferred to date from various NGOs in line with Health Ombudsman recommendations, following the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
This was announced by MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa on Wednesday at the Selby Park hospital.
Following the tragedy that led to the death of over 100 mentally ill patients transferred from Life Esidimeni to various NGOs, the department has appointed two licensed service providers; Clinix Selby Park Hospital and Life Esidmeni to provide inpatient services to Mental Health Care Users (MHCU) relocated from the NGOs.
“Of the patient’s families contacted in preparation for the transferred 33 were successfully reached. The social workers report indicated that there was a positive response by families to the relocation due to close proximity of the facilities to their homes,” said MEC Ramokgopa.
A social worker and an administrative assistant were assigned by the project team to work with the general hospital’s medical teams where Life Esidimeni patients are admitted and awaiting discharge.
“The process of accounting for every patient transferred from Life Esidimeni to the NGOs is also underway and full update will be provided.
“We should also add that, 20 Medical Doctors have been recruited in partnership with Foundation For Professional Development(FPD) and additional nurses are being recruited from the project team is exploring the option to strengthen the clinical field teams,” concluded Ramokgopa.