Death by maladministration
A letter published in the correspondence section of the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) voices concerns regarding the limited attention given to issues of mental health. Written by a number of esteemed authors including Professors Dan Stein and Crick Lund of the University of Cape Town the letter highlights the recent deaths of 94 at the Life Esidimeni facility as a tragic illustration of the deep dysfunction of current health systems. The letter calls for immediate action to implement the National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan (2013-2020) in provinces, and for adequate community-based care for people living with mental illnesses.
To read the letter in full click here