774200 SAP0010.1177/0081246318774200South African Journal of PsychologyPillay and Laher research-article2018 South African Journal of Psychology 2018, Vol. 48(2) 162 –165 © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/0081246318774200 DOI: 10.1177/0081246318774200 journals.sagepub.com/home/sap Editorial Rethinking public mental health care: a call for action 1 2 Anthony L Pillay and Sumaya Laher From early in 2016, South Africans began learning of the deaths of people with chronic mental illness who were transferred out of the Life Esidimeni Care Centre near Johannesburg during the preceding months. The removal of the patients to various non-governmental organisation (NGO) facilities, against the advice of several professional and mental health organisations, seemed to resemble a deinstitutionalisation process but, with very poor planning or forethought. The rationale of the Gauteng Health Department in forcibly implementing this shift in locus of care is yet to be understood (Moseneke, 2018). As at the time of the arbitration hearing (i.e., by March 2018) chaired by Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke the death count had stood at 144 patients with many more unaccounted for and some families still searching for their relatives. In his report, Justice Moseneke made clear his findings that the movement of the patients was an ill-conceived idea
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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