Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:
I am horrified by the report that an ambulance brought a dead body back to the family home after the patient died on admittance to the Far East Rand Hospital.
According to Virginia Mdingi, the mother of Sithembile (31), he was still alive after arriving at the hospital on Tuesday this week. She was shocked when the ambulance took his dead body home instead of to a government mortuary.
The family is unemployed, and getting the body to a private undertaker involved additional trauma.
The Gauteng Health Department must investigate this matter and hold people accountable for this inhuman action.
Health authorities should always act with sensitivity in matters involving the tragedy of death.