Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Health Spokesman
305 operations have been deferred so far this year at the Chris Hani Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg academic hospitals, largely due to a lack of Intensive Care Unit beds, limited theatre and surgeon time. and some patients who do not arrive for surgery.
This is revealed in a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
Waiting lists are long for surgery at both hospitals. At Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, 3176 patients wait for operations, of which 2548 are for cataracts.
At Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, 1580 patients wait from three to 12 months for surgery.
Both hospitals have a shortage of theatre and ICU nurses.
It is disturbing that so many operations have been deferred this year. It’s very traumatic for patients to have surgery cancelled at short notice, and it makes it more difficult to bring down the long waiting lists.
The best way to bring down surgery backlogs is to extend operating hours, including weekends, and working with the private health sector.