Man dies after 10-hour wait for scan - DA

2012-11-23 20:03

Johannesburg - A 67-year-old man died after he had to wait more than 10 hours to be diagnosed by a CAT scan, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

DA Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom said the man was originally admitted with a head injury at Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp on Thursday.

The CAT (Computer Axial Tomography) scanner at Leratong had been broken for more than 10 weeks, he said.

"The request to transfer him to Rahima Moosa to use their CAT scanner came at 10am yesterday (Thursday), but he only arrived there at 8pm," Bloom said.

"He died an hour later, before a radiologist arrived to do the CAT scan."

Health department spokesperson Simon Zwane said the man had lung cancer and an investigation had been initiated to determine the cause of death.

"What Bloom is saying is speculation and as a person without medical background he is not fit to pronounce on the cause of death of patients," Zwane said.

Bloom said TecMed had refused to fix the Leratong CAT scanner as the Gauteng health department owed them money.

"The broken CAT scanner at Leratong Hospital is a scandal and must be fixed as soon as possible before more preventable deaths occur," Bloom said.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-23 20:18

    Another waste of life, when others are building palaces in the rural areas.

      timothy.whyte - 2012-11-23 21:37

      From being the first country in the world to do a heart transplant and corrective laser eye surgery to thiis,,,,,DISGUSTING,,,to say the least,,,well done anc,,more blood on the governments greedy hands,

      avrilandandre - 2012-11-24 13:59

      @timothy...I agree with you. Just a little correction, laser eye surgery was invented by a doctor in Barranquilla, Colombia (I live here).

      alf.pop - 2012-11-25 10:10

      Where does Zwane get his medical experience - by working first as a mechanic and then as a blockman? Just gett your act together in the Health Department instead of constantly looking for excuses! You get paid too much anyway for doing sweet Fanny Adams! And when you finally do something you kill people!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-23 20:20

    Swak anc mentality

  • marli.eisern - 2012-11-23 20:21

    Old issues coming back without being resolved. System failure in the Dept. of Health... Regarding the patient: 1. How long did he have cancer? 2. In which phase was the cancer? 3. Which other organs have been affected by the illness? 4. What was after previous medical analysis his life expectancy? 5. Which treatment did he get until point of death?

      eloise.botha - 2012-11-23 23:06

      6. Was he admitted for cancer or a head injury?

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-24 04:02

      None of that matters. Why is the Gauteng health departments not paying their bills. Why after being found to be in a critical condition did he die after waiting 10 hours? We are amoungst the most heavily burdened tax payers in the world, and what service are government providing for us? Why should we accept such mediocrity?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-24 13:07

      Marli.eisern. Does it matter?.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-23 20:22

    Cute, hiding behind a technicality. Most sane people would infer that having an undiagnosed head injury for 10 hours would be a highly probable cause of death. So let's get the autopsy report please - in the next 10hrs, not 10 weeks

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-23 22:28

      Some peoples lungs probably sit in their heads, because their brains are for sure not there. It is the only explanation for that logic I can think of.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-23 22:30

      I'm not thinking of the injured man in the above comment

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-23 20:26

    They were still looking for a friend to who could be given the tender.

      louis.vandermerwe.351 - 2012-11-23 20:58

      Grow up idiot, the report clearly says that some corporation refused to service the CAT scan, because they were not paid. If you want a tender of your own, then work a little harder, get the support of friends, prove you are better than useless and put in your offer, otherwise shut up!

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-24 11:27

      Louis.vandermerwe jy is n regte Urk! Mshiniboys het daai sarkasties bedoel. Ons staats hospitale is een groot f#ckup! Die regering het die land al so bankrot gesteel dat daar nie meer geld oor is vir hospitale nie

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-24 16:42

      Louis vandeurmekaar

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-11-23 20:29

    In 2009 a elderly woman died on the night of 30 January after a bloodcloth was discovered in her lung. They never placed her in ICU or monitored her and actually placed her under morfien treatment. They also started with treatment to make her blood much thinner...Okay, it has nothing to do with the ANC government and since it was done by Mediclinic specialist in Kimberley I assume it does not mean much. Sorry ...if she were to be in Kimberley State Hospital maybe the DA would have cared. Swak DA mentality to focus just on State Hospitals. Obviously cause the DR might have been DA...who cares. Yes, I care...

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-23 22:06

      Bianca, your support for cANCer is nauseating, and so is your father by the way.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-24 01:18

      seriously bianca? blood cloth? did the deaseased have a rear addiction of inhaling cloths?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-11-24 03:58

      So you saying that makes it ok for our tax paid government slaughter houses, sorry, small typo there, errr... "hospitals" to be under-staffed, in-debt, non-functional, filthy, corrupt, mismanaged and non-qualified? You should run for Zuma's position, you ave the right mentality, or rather, lack there of.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-24 05:57

      Huh? She got marginally substandard care THREE YEARS ago and in a PRIVATE hospital -- although they did give her blood-thinning medication which is the standard treatment for blood clots and putting you in one of only five beds in the ICU is not standard blood clot treatment... So the elderly woman died. As elderly women whose health is badly compromised sometimes tend to do, being elderly, frail and all. And how is this the DA's fault, considering it happened in Kimberley, which is not in a DA province anyway? And, even if it was, there is no direct political oversight over PRIVATE hospitals anyway, as there is over State hospitals? Please explain.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-23 20:32

    Sad and shocking !!!!! The family must sue the Health Dept. I'm sick of taxpayers money being used to cover claims for negligent hospitals!!!renovations of Ministers houses!! Zumas compound!!! suspensions of corrupt officials with full pay for months on end!!!Ghost workers!!! The incompetence is just neverending!!! The corruption is neverending!!! And we get penalised for not submitting tax on time!!!! I'm a fed up South African!!!!!! I'm flipping going to sue the Govt for this incompetence rightfully so should every taxpayer!!! I'm mad and sad that another person dies unnecessarily due to non payment of equipment this Is not the first time!!!

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-11-23 20:41

    If the broken scanner had anything to do with his death, someone should come up for murder. If you are doing a job the pay cheque is only part of the deal. What counts is that you do the job properly and in a responsible manner.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-11-24 04:05

      No point, way over half our government are guilty of murder, but never get charged. The only way to build a jail big enough for all the criminals in South Africa is to just build a big wall around its borders!!!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-11-23 20:44

    welcome to SA...

  • louis.vandermerwe.351 - 2012-11-23 20:52

    Medical problems and their solutions are best looked after my medics. Jack Bloom has made it his hobby horse(for as long as I can remember), to issue hysterical announcements about hospitals. All large organisations have times of chaos, and nobody ever died suddenly because a CAT scan was not available, doctors can manage as they have for a very long time without all the overpriced, expensive equipment.

      piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-23 21:53

      Louis - I really don't think that the non-payment of an account had anything to do with YOUR medics or a medical problem - the issue here is that the CAT scan was broken and could not be fixed because the company doing the fixing was not paid - I feel that hospital staff do not do enough complaining about non-working equipment so I thank Jack Bloom for his 'hystrical announcements' about problems - maybe you seeming knowing so much about what goes on in State hospitals should do the same! Maybe you need a CAT scan to see if there is anything in your head may be it would show a clot on your brain - a good reason to die suddenly - I would hate to be looked after YOUR medics if that is how you think!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-11-24 04:07

      Louis, you must be from the old government, you know, the one who put us in this mess in the first place.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-24 06:03

      A CAT scanner is not much more overpriced/expensive than an X-ray, and an X-ray can't pick up soft-tissue obstructions (i.e. blood clots) Ultrasound can (and that's cheaper). But chaos ought not to occur in an E.R. except in very rare, very exceptional circumstances such as a major bus accident, a bomb explosion, fire or something on an abnormal and overwhelming scale.

  • mavis.siamisang - 2012-11-23 20:57

    My father died..due to waiting too long.With this man,they figured he was 67 ,he is gonna die soon anyway...why bother.The attitude of our health workers in state hospitals,leaves much to be desired.They decide who should die or live.

      FinalJustice - 2012-11-23 21:17

      Their attitude doesn't 'leave much to be desired' it stinks to the high heavens. I took my fiancé to a state hospital about 3 years ago with meningitis, very soon I realized that she would surely die if we left her there. Fortunately my family helped us to raise funds and take her to a real hospital. I sadly acknowledge that there are far worse eventual outcomes, but I know we saved her life, simple as that.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-24 06:17

      Unless you have taxpayer funds to pay for very expensive E.R. staff to sit around all day doing nothing much waiting for an accident to go off somewhere, there will ALWAYS be triaging of incoming patients. And the professionals doing triage deal with anything from a boy with a splinter in his big toe to an elderly drunk who has accidentally half-chainsawed off his own arm, a teenager having severe convulsions, a girl going blue in what might be an asthma attack, a middle-aged man with severe chest pains which might be bad indigestion or it might be a heart attack, and so on. And they triage people according to their snap expert judgement about who gets to be top, second, third, fourth etc priority. It's not "first come first served". Sometimes they get it wrong. The chest-pain guy really was having a heart-attack and not gas, and he really ought to have gone ahead of the convulsing teen, but probably still behind the blue asthmatic (but only because of their blueness)... But because he seemed a tough guy, the ER wrongly triaged his heart attack as probably just bad wind, so they got to him too late and he died. It happens. The medical staff aren't playing God -- they're just doing their job as best they can.

  • lindani.zulu.714 - 2012-11-23 21:05

    So how does this pertain to the DA? - 2012-11-23 23:16

      They actually care about people ? unlike the absolutely no consequences party. . .

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-24 06:20

      The DA is playing a watchdog role over the work done (and not done) by service deliverers employed by the government. That's what an opposition party is supposed to do.

  • rosina.senong - 2012-11-23 21:30

    we have many hospitals her in SA.Why they didnt transfer him to other hospitals couse they know that their mechine is broken?

  • schchris - 2012-11-23 22:02

    DA please go fix the Western Cape Hospitals before pointing fingers at other provinces, People have to sleep in their cars as there are no beds.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-11-23 22:26

      One point, Chris: Why are the hospitals so full? Is it because gangsters, tikheads, weekend alcoholics crashing their cars? And the resultant victims? Is it because your mama didn't think it important for you to be vaccinated?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-24 13:17

      schchris. Maybe if all the people from other provinces go to hospitals there, instead of coming here, they won't have to sleep in their cars. If you can afford a car can't you also afford health insurance?.

  • theunislbotha - 2012-11-23 23:47

    Thank you ANC

  • wesley.fick - 2012-11-24 00:06

    This is more or less the same story as the pregnant woman in labour on the streetside while nurses watched. There are a huge number of people working in the healthcare industry who just couldn't give a damn.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-11-24 07:37

    Perhaps a 'tragic' scam, to get their machine fixed without paying for it. ????

  • alex.richards.94064 - 2012-11-24 07:47

    ????????????????? The CAT scan is just a scan, not curative! Would not have prevented death. If the patient tried to stop smoking before, much earlier, it would have prevented death for a while!

      Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-24 10:11

      Alex , according to The DA the man was admitted with head injuries. Thus the request for the Cat scan. Then I don't know if he's lung cancer was relevant to his injury.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-24 13:18

      Alex .richards 94064. A friend of ours died of lung cancer. She never smoked in her life. SO what is your point?.

  • sesom - 2012-11-24 08:09

    What a useless Goverment we have... Their hospitals must be Worst in the world...

  • steve.b.howes - 2012-11-24 09:38

    Wonder where all the money has gone from the Dept of health for repairs like this ? A honorary seat in parliment for the best guess !

  • steve.b.howes - 2012-11-24 09:45

    Where has all the money gone for things like this ? The constant excuse is no funds available from all govt departments and yet the building industry around Nkandla is thriving I hear ? 1st prize for the best guess. "an honary seat in parliment and a gold card on the gravy train"

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-24 10:16

    In sure they wouldn't have waited so long for a cat scan if this was lung cancer related as the hospital now claims. He was admitted for head injuries so that makes sense to wait for a cat scan. But then....they would just put cause if death as lung cancer in any case then no one is in trouble right? If you kill a man who already has cancer is it murder?

  • Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-11-24 10:23


  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-24 13:06

    What a bloody disgrace.

  • lynn.maree.16 - 2012-11-24 15:48

    It can't be fixed, our tax money is being frivously abused. By idiots being voted in by a mass of idiots. Who obviously like living like this.

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-24 17:42

    Maybe DA must tell us who is supposed to die and who s many people are dying in the hospitals daily.........why not complain about them

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