Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned, hours before the release of the Health Ombudsman‘s report, while the head of Gauteng Health and other senior officials implicated the deaths of 94 psychiatric patients, will face disciplinary action,

Business Day reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura said: “I have instructed the director-general in the office of the premier to urgently institute appropriate action to deal with the recommendations for the Ombudsman,” Makhura said. “There can be no passing of the buck.”

The premier is quoted in the report as saying he would urgently implement all recommendations made by the ombudsman. In the meantime, all patients currently placed at NGOs would be transferred back to public healthcare facilities and state-owned institutions so that their specialised needs were catered for. This would happen in the next seven days and be concluded in 45 days.

The report said Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned on Tuesday night ahead of the official release of the report. Makhura said he had accepted her resignation….more