Editorials
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28 Jan 2021
4:35 am

Health workers can’t lack empathy

Editorials

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The main entrance of the Tembisa Hospital in Tembisa near Kempton Park, 20 January 2020. Picture Neil McCartney

There is no worse nightmare for the family of a critically ill patient to find he or she has died – because medical personnel switched off the life-support system without their permission or knowledge. Yet, this is what the relatives of Lloyd Kacheche faced last month when they found out he had died at Tembisa Hospital after life support was terminated. The incident was revealed this week as the Gauteng health department was dealing with another complaint about alleged patient abandonment at the same hospital. ALSO READ: Shonisani Lethole’s severe Covid-19 infection worsened by negligence, says heath ombud Shonisani Lethole’s...

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