Groote Schuur probed for death of baby

Theuns Botha has vowed to take action following the death of a baby who was turned away.

Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha says he won't hesitate in taking decisive action once an investigation into the death of a baby, who was allegedly turned away from Groote Schuur Hospital, is complete.

Four-month-old Mason Blaauw died this week, after his mother rushed him to the hospital when he came down with a fever.

Staff apparently informed her they don't treat babies.

But by the time the infant arrived at another medical facility, he'd died.

The MEC says they want to know if proper procedures were in fact flouted.

"No person should be turned away. Every patient should be assessed, even if the patient eligible to be transferred, to ensure that the patient is stable and able to be transferred without their lives being at risk."

He says, "An investigation is underway. We want to know exactly what happened and whether all protocols were followed according to our rules and regulations."