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Life Esedimeni: chronic mental illness shortens life expectancy

5 October 2016 7:38 AM

Life Esedimeni said that the reports of deaths don't take the conditions of the patients into account.

Life Esedimeni has denied allegations that 97 patients have died during their admission at their institution, saying the focus should be on the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

In an interview with 702's John Robbie, executive chief operating services Dr Nilesh Patel said that he couldn't comment further as the health ombudsman was investigating the issue.

About October 2013 to September 2015, the average number of deaths in our facility was 8.25 deaths per month.

Dr Nilesh Patel

The Randfontein health care facility came under fire last month after 37 psychiatric patients died while being transferred to other facilities. Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi responded promptly and referred the matter to the health ombudsman for further investigation.

Listen to the interview below:

One must remember that people with chronic mental health conditions have a shorter life expectancy by 10 to 25 years. This is from the World Health Organisation.

Dr Nilesh Patel, Life Esidimeni Healthcare

5 October 2016 7:38 AM