Health Minister responds to allegations that he knew about #LifeEsidimeni

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi maintains that it was Gauteng Health that facilitated the transfer of psychiatric patients to various unlicensed organisations.

Over 100 patients died from negligence after they were moved from Life Esidimeni to NGO's ill equipped to deal with them.

It has emerged that the national health department was notified about plans to transfer Life Esidimeni patients before it happened by concerned organisations, including Section 27.

Then Minister admits that his department knew about the issue in October 2015, but provincial health authorities did not allow national health to intervene in the process.

She [Health DG] organised a meeting with head of department, Section 27, and South African anxiety groups which were part of the process that complained to her. They discussed the issue and agreed on facilitating a plan.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

After that plan was discussed the the chief director mental health in the national department, it was agreed that he will work with Gauteng, get the plan and look at it if acceptable. Attend all their meetings. And they never allowed him to do that as proven by emails sent to them.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba said the process was rushed and officials involved were negligent and reckless causing over a 100 deaths.

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