Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

160 cancer patients a day are not receiving treatment at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

This is because six radiation machines have been down for two weeks.

I visited the hospital this morning and found that the problem was a broken back-up server that is needed for all six of the machines. Siemens has been trying to fix it but have not succeeded as yet.

Only about 20 emergency and simple cases can be done manually on these machines, instead of the 180 patients a day that are normally treated with radiation.

This puts lives at risk as it is extremely dangerous for cancer patients to have interrupted radiation treatment.

Earlier this year broken machines at this oncology unit caused a severe backlog of cases.

It is hugely distressing that once again poor maintenance of machines is causing hardship for cancer patients.

We need to know urgently what is being done to ensure that full cancer treatment is restored at this hospital.

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