Hospersa lambastes KZN health

2013-04-27 14:07

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Johannesburg - Cancer patients at Addington Hospital in Durban were being robbed of their right to care, health union Hospersa said on Saturday.

"The sad reality for these chronically ill cancer patients, who wait while government investigates its flawed tendering process, is that they are not able to benefit from the fruits of freedom..." said Hospersa spokesperson Noel Desfontaines in a statement.

He said the union was saddened by the hospital's inability to provide sufficient treatment to cancer patients.

Hospersa was reacting to an article that the KwaZulu-Natal health department allegedly failed to pay a maintenance contract for two radiotherapy machines used on critical patients.

The non-payment meant that about 100 patients a day who would have received treatment at the facility, were referred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital over the last four months.

It was reported that the department allegedly did not pay for maintenance because a R120m tender for the machines were fraudulently obtained. The department had not responded to queries for comment on the accusations.

The province's health department head, Dr Sibongile Zungu, told The Daily News last year that the department was investigating the tender and a criminal investigation was underway.

She said the tender for the machines was awarded to Tecmed Africa in 2010.

Tecmed denied that there was any impropriety in the procurement process.

According to one radiotherapist, she believed Addington's waiting list had increased to between four and five months since the machines had stopped operating at the beginning of the year.

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