Joburg hospital cancer machines down

2012-06-20 21:19
Hospital (<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shuttertstock</a>)

Hospital (Shuttertstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Cancer patients were continuing to suffer at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital because of a machinery breakdown, the DA said on Wednesday.

Nine machines for treating cervical cancer, including cobalt external radiation machines, were broken and five others kept breaking down, said Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom.

He said Siemens was refusing to service the machines because it had not been paid by Phambili Hospital Products, which is the intermediary company which has a contract with the department.

"The fault appears to lie with Phambili, because the department claims that it has paid the company," he said.

Chances of survival


Bloom said the dispute needed to be urgently resolved, as it was hindering patients' chances of survival.

He said DA was proposing that the department terminate its contract with Phambili to cut costs.

"I am deeply suspicious as to why there is an intermediary company at all, instead of a direct contract with Siemens," he said.

"We should not have to pay higher costs through an intermediary company that does not deliver, and appears to be there merely because of misdirected empowerment requirements."

Comment from the hospital could not be immediately obtained.

The Gauteng health department acknowledged there was a problem with the hospital's equipment.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane said the department was aware that the machines were functioning at 70% capacity.

He said the department had been speaking to the two companies and he hoped a resolution would soon be found.
- SAPA
Read more on:    da  |  johannesburg  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are very people sensitive today and there is a tendency to put too much energy on service and outer obligations. The balance...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.