Published in the Daily Maverick and GroundUp
While taking care of people out of institutions is usually a good practice, there are – as the Life Esidimeni case showed – huge risks to patients if this is not done properly. By Gabrielle Kelly.
The loss of 94 lives in a poorly planned decision to move mentally ill and intellectually disabled patients from Life Esidimeni Hospitals to NGO facilities revealed failures in leadership, planning and implementation in healthcare service delivery. It raises critical questions about how care of mentally ill people is funded.