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healthcareeNCA reports that Health Ombudsman, Malegapuru Makgoba, has warned that SA’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse.  

Speaking on "The Modise Network" on Sunday, the ombud said he was looking at several concerning cases, particularly in Gauteng.  "I've received close to 2,000 complaints, about 800 of those are from Gauteng.  It just tells you the level of activity around complaints in Gauteng, in health alone.  Nevertheless, I think there are many Life Esidimenis that are taking place throughout our country.”  Makgoba, who investigated the deaths of 144 psychiatric patients in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, said many healthcare professionals involved were scared to speak up because they feared those in power.  The patients died after the Gauteng health department transferred them to ill-equipped NGOs.  He related:  "They (the healthcare professionals) knew what was happening was wrong, but they felt like they had no power; they were fearful of their principals or their leaders and they were contributing to this so-called collective responsibility that makes no sense to anybody.  I interviewed 25 people from the department. I didn't meet anybody who wasn't fearful, fearful of the MEC, the HOD, the director of mental health at the time. They were all fearful of them."

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