Answers still needed on child deaths at Lenasia Clinic

February 19, 2015

I welcome Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s visit yesterday to the Lenasia South Clinic, but I am not satisfied that a full explanation has been given for why security guards barred two young children who died without being admitted.

It seems to me that clinic management is primarily to blame for not giving proper instructions to security to admit all emergency patients.

Mahlangu has said that the security company will be terminated and will be blacklisted from doing work for any other health facility.

She has also given clinic management one month to fix up problem areas.

However, we still need a full investigation of the two deaths and where the accountability really lies.

A survey should also be taken of all health facilities to ensure that guards operate under proper instructions.

Unfortunately, any action taken will not ease the pain of the parents of the children who died without being admitted.

Media enquiries:
Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health
082 333 4222

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