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Yet another Life Esidimeni psychiatric patient dies

Nombulelo Mthembu was one of the patients transferred from the facility to another hospital.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department says yet another psychiatric patient who was moved from the Life Esidimeni Health Care Centre has died.

Nombulelo Mthembu was one of the patients transferred from the facility to another hospital without her families' consent.

Earlier this month, the health care centre announced that 36 patients had died after being moved to different infirmaries in the province.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has since launched an investigation with the Health Ombudsman.

The department's acting head of department, Dr Richard Lebethe, says the latest patient's condition had deteriorated.

"This is a patient who came in from Life Esidimeni but didn't come in with records. The patient was frail and had bed sores, she was in poor health and nutritional status."

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