Esidimeni: doctors didn't note abuse

27 August 2017 - 00:00 By SARAH WILD

Doctors signed off the deaths of former Life Esidimeni patients as natural, despite signs of neglect and abuse.
Between April and June last year, more than 1,300 mentally ill patients were transferred from Life Esidimeni to hospitals and nongovernmental organisations, many of which were unlicensed. The transfers were done to cut costs. Within months more than 100 patients had died.
A Health-e investigation into some of the deaths found that the safety nets meant to identify death trends and stop preventable deaths failed.

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