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SAHRC seeks answers following Mamelodi Hospital patient abuse

02 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is demanding answers from the Mamelodi Hospital management, following reports of patient abuse.
The human rights watchdog launched an investigation into the hospital after a video went viral on social media, depicting a 76-year-old Martha Marias lying on the floor while tied to a bench.
Her family has approached the Mamelodi Police Station, demanding a criminal investigation into the matter.

The SAHRC manager in Gauteng, Buang Jones, says hospitals in the province are in an alarming state.
“We have observed in the last 18 months, the deplorable state of health facilities in Gauteng and received information that there is a shortage of staff at many of these facilities. Some of the facilities are overburdened.
“We hope that the investigation that has been initiated will uncover some of the causes.”
The Gauteng health department has also launched a special investigation into Mamelodi Hospital, after reports of appalling working conditions.
The commission has called on Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku to intervene and ensure patients are treated with basic dignity.

Source: POWER News

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