CANCER MACHINES STILL NOT WORKING AT STEVE BIKO HOSPITAL

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

Three out of four radiation machines used to treat cancer are still not working at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

This is despite assurances that all suppliers have been paid and that the machines would be fixed,

Patients are told to get private care if they can afford it, otherwise their treatment at this hospital is delayed.

More than 300 patients are waiting for radiation therapy. This list has grown because of various equipment problems at the hospital since November last year when radiation machines started to fail because of lack of maintenance.

In February, all four radiation machines failed.

It’s totally unacceptable that patients’ lives are put at risk because of continuing problems with broken machinery.

The Gauteng Health Department must tell the truth about its financial situation and what it is going to do about the cancer care crisis in Gauteng.

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