Mentally ill patient killed by car after escape

A mentally ill patient died this week after he was run over by a car while running out of Bhisho Hospital.

Yesterday provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo confirmed the “unfortunate incident” that took place on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately yesterday, a male patient went through perimeter fencing and while being followed by hospital staff and security he attempted to cross the road and was knocked down by a car – and was declared dead on the scene,” Kupelo said.

The 30-year-old patient died after 4pm on Wednesday.

He cannot be named until his next of kin has been informed.

“On behalf of the health MEC and top management, the department wishes to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased,” Kupelo said.

Kupelo said this is not the first time a mentally ill patient has tried to escape from a regional hospital.