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SAHRC: Health Dept could face legal action over CRE baby deaths

The newborns died from an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria between November and December at the neonatal ward.

Tembisa Hospital. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday said the Department of Health could face legal action should it emerge that the Tembisa Hospital was negligent and could have prevented the deaths of 10 babies.

The newborns died from an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria between November and December at the neonatal ward.

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The commission's Buang Jones said: “We also want to have access to the parents of these babies to see if we can’t assist them to take legal action against the hospital.”

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has blamed the outbreak on overcrowding at the hospital.