LIFE Esidemeni Victims Remembered
The 37 psychiatric patients who died shortly after being moved from Life Esidimeni were remembered today. Families and friends gathered outside Gauteng Heath MEC Qeadani Mhlangu’s office in the Johannesburg CBD following a Prayer Vigil at the Methodist Church.
The Demonstration was in remembrance of the lives lost and in solidarity with patients who are still in various NGOs. Families of the victims also handed over a memorandum of grievances to Mahlangu’s office. The chairperson of the family committee Andrew Peterson- says “the department has got blood on its hand and someone should be held accountable”.
Growing Calls for MEC Mahlangu to Step Down
There growing calls for Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlanhgu to resign. The SA Health Workers Congress says Gauteng premier David Makhura must do the hornarable thing and fire health MEC Qedani Mahlangu from his cabinet. Spokesperson Dr Aslaam Dasoo says the deaths were preventable and the MEC was warned about the dangers of the move.
The patients died when the GP department of health cancelled its contract with Life Esidemeni and moved the patients to ill equipped NGO’s around the province.
Gauteng MEC Must Be Charged
The Young Nurses Indaba say they warned the Gauteng Health Department that moving the psychiatric patients from Life Esidemeni would be fatal. They say they marched to the Gauteng Health offices earlier this year asking MEC Quedani Mahlangu to reconsider the decision to cancel the contract with the hospital. It says the MEC Mhlangu should be charged with medical negligence and step down.
The Indaba’s Lerato Gova who is with the young nurses indaba says the patients were moved to ill-equipped NGO’s without proper consultations.
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