Backlog in cervical cancer tests at Natalspruit Hospital

By: Jack Bloom MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health I am very disturbed by the report today that lives of women in Ekurhuleni are at risk because of a backlog of tests for cervical cancer at the new Natalspruit Hospital. This hospital is the only facility providing colposcopies for women in the East Rand. A colposcopy involves examination of the vagina and cervix to test for cancer, and should be done within two weeks after an abnormal Pap smear result. But some women have waited since July last year for a colposcopy, which is utterly unacceptable. The problem appears to be because of a shortage of gynaecology specialists at the hospital. The new Natalspruit Hospital was opened last year with great fanfare by Premier David Makhura who said that it was “our hospital of the future”. It has so far been a great disappointment, with overcrowding and long waiting periods in certain departments. Last month I was barred by security from visiting the hospital to check on its computerized patient management system. I wonder what other problems there are at this hospital that they don’t want me to see. Speed is vital in cancer treatment, and I hope that the backlog of cervical cancer examinations is cut as soon as possible at the hospital. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################