Esidimeni patients moved to new facility

Esidimeni patients moved to new facility

Government has managed to move 27 psychiatric patients to a new facility following the Life Esidimeni tragedy in which at least 100 people died.

Selby Park Hospital
Samkelo Maseko

The 27 is part of the group of that were originally moved from Life Esidimeni to various NGO’s.


The moving of patients to Clinix Selby Park Hospital follows the uproar of the deaths of over 100 patients, moved from Life Esidimeni due the Gauteng Health department’s decision to end its contract with the company.


Health Minister Aaron Motsoeledi and Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa briefed the media this afternoon and took them on a tour of the facility.


Motsoeledi says the hospital has the capacity to take care of 300 patients.


“The patients will be transported in groups and every day we will bring a group until all the 300 beds are occupied,” says Motsoeledi


Motsoeledi says unlike some of the NGO’s the patients were taken to, this facility is properly licensed.


“We will be paying R46 million per annum for 300 patients at this facility. There are no guarantees that no incident will happen, but the facility is licensed and they have two medical doctors on site.”


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