Cancer crisis at Grey’s

2010-11-16 00:00

BECAUSE the KZN Health Department owes a maintenance company “a lot of money”, the company has refused to fix a radiation machine at Grey’s Hospital’s oncology department. The machine allegedly broke down two weeks ago.

Hospital insiders told The Witness that patient treatment is compromised and no explanation was given to the staff until Thursday last week when the matter was taken up with the HOD, Dr Sibongile Zungu, who is alleged to have said the matter is being sorted out.

A source said, “The company refuses to fix the machine because it is owed a lot of money by the department. It’s not clear how long patients will lose out on treatment and this has brought no joy to either the staff or the patients.

“On Thursday management appealed to Dr Zungu to resolve the matter. Since then we have heard that the service provider will be paid what’s due to it and the machine will get fixed, but we don’t know when,” the source added.

It is not clear how much the department owes the company.

Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said he needs to get an explanation of the problem from the hospital.

No further response had been forthcoming by the time of going to press.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.