Health minister making a plan to slash psychiatric assessment backlog

Phaahla is negotiating with private hospitals to admit awaiting-trial detainees to relieve pressure on psychiatry beds

09 May 2023 - 20:41

Mental health patients awaiting trial could in future have psychiatric observations in private hospitals as the public sector continues to buckle under pressure that has resulted in some waiting up to two years before having such examinations. ..

There’s never been a more important time to support independent media.

From World War 1 to present-day cosmopolitan South Africa and beyond, the Sunday Times has been a pillar in covering the stories that matter to you.

For just R80 you can become a premium member (digital access) and support a publication that has played an important political and social role in South Africa for over a century of Sundays. You can cancel anytime.

Already subscribed? Sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.