Health Ombudsman finds Tembisa hospital negligent

South Africa

Johannesburg – Substandard and negligent. That is the shocking finding of the Health Ombudsman into the care of businessman Shonimani Lethole.

Lethole died at Tembisa Tertiary Hospital in June 2020.

Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba found a number of disturbing errors were made in regards to Lethole’s healthcare.

This includes revelations that Lethole was not given food for over 100 hours.

Lethole was not attended to by a physician for 69 hours after being admitted.

There was a 24-hour delay to intubate after tests confirmed he had respiratory failure.

There was no attempt to perform CPR on him. His death certificate was also falsified.

Makgoba found his death was avoidable and preventable.


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