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Death rate at healthcare facilities 'concerning'

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has shared his concerns following the recent deaths of 36 patients.

Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he's looked at the information regarding the deaths of mental health patients at various facilities across the province and he's noted a disturbingly high mortality number at certain healthcare facilities.

Makhura says he's concerned about the deaths of 36 patients who were transferred from the Life Health Care Esidimeni Centre earlier this year.

The patients were moved to other facilities after the department terminated its contract with the centre.

Makhura says some of the family members of the 36 patients have not yet come forward to claim them.

The premier says this is not the first time something like this has happened and it needs to be investigated.

"It's not just something that has happened now after they were moved from Life Health Care Esidimeni Centre. I've looked to the numbers now and I'm concerned about the disturbing trend."

In addition to the investigation into the 36 patients who died, Makhura would also like the health ombudsman to investigate the increasing number of deaths at healthcare facilities.