Lethole's death: Tembisa Hospital CEO must not 'interfere with the process'

The department has given Dr Lekopane Mogaladi until Friday to explain why he should not be suspended following the death of Shonisani Lethole under his leadership.

FILE: Tembisa Hospital. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi on Monday said the Tembisa Hospital CEO was served with a suspension notice to ensure that the recommendations of the Health Ombuds were implemented without any interference.

The department has given Dr Lekopane Mogaladi until Friday to explain why he should not be suspended following the death of Shonisani Lethole under his leadership.

Lethole died at the hospital in July last year after being admitted with breathing difficulties.

A damning report by the health ombudsman released last week found that Lethole was starved for more than 100 hours and recommended that action be taken against 19 staff members implicated.

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The MEC said the department would be instituting an audit investigation into Lethole's death.

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“We want to give the CEO an opportunity to go and prepare himself and not to interfere with the process when we want to implement the recommendations because he is implicated.”

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Meanwhile, the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union has called on the Gauteng Health Department to take full responsibility for the death of Lethole.

The union said nurses could not be expected to fulfil their full duties without being provided with the necessary personal protective equipment.

It said it has lodged several complaints to the department regarding its failure to protect nurses at the facility.

The union's Lerato Mthunzi has rejected the report, saying the recommendations were unfair.

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