Broken Cat Scanner at Leratong Hostpital

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

Patients’ lives are at risk at the Leratong Hospital in the West Rand because the CAT Scanner has been broken since last week.

The problem is that there is no maintenance contract for this scanner, which has broken down before.

The scanner is particularly needed to do quick diagnosis of critically ill patients.

Emergency patients at Leratong are now taken to the Rahima Moosa hospital in Johannesburg to do CAT scans, but transport delays put patients’ lives in  danger. It can take hours to requisition an ambulance and then another hour to drive to Rahima Moosa.

It seems there is no end to the continuing problem of broken machines at Gauteng state hospitals.

The need to fix Gauteng’s ailing hospitals is an important issue that should feature high in voters’ minds on election day.