Radiation machines fail at Pta hospital - DA

2012-02-15 19:31

Johannesburg - Four radiation machines at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria are not working, the Gauteng health department said on Wednesday.

"Two were broken and two were working, but today [Wednesday] those two stopped working," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

The department paid R500 000 to service provider Siemens last week and would pay a further R2.6m next week, he said.

"The hospital's CEO will meet with Siemens tomorrow [Thursday] to discuss servicing the machines."

Earlier, Democratic Alliance Gauteng MP Jack Bloom claimed that the department owed Siemens R120m for servicing of the four machines and that it had stopped servicing the machines in November.

Zwane denied the figure was so high, and said only R3.6m was outstanding.

Earlier Zwane denied that the cancer treatment machines were not in working order, but said he heard later that they were.

Bloom called the failure of the machines "absolutely shocking".

"Cancer patients at the [hospital] are being denied life-saving treatment because all four radiation machines have failed," said Bloom.

There was also a backlog of 120 patients who needed treatment as no new appointments had been made for the past two weeks, Bloom claimed.

Zwane, meanwhile, countered that patients were under the care of doctors and that if a patient's treatment was postponed it would be for medical reasons.

"Jack Bloom shouldn't pretend to be a doctor. Doctors should be allowed to make medical decisions without pressure from politicians," he said.

  • braamc - 2012-02-15 20:02

    I will give it 10 years then you will see what is working, f@#ck all

  • Irene - 2012-02-15 20:07

    Viva ANC Viva. My ANC my future. What a lot of nonsense. How long is it going to take before these morons realise that they are just not capable of running the country, other than into the ground. How long will they carry on with this fiasco to the detriment of the country. How long before the uneducated voters realise they're voting against themselves?

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-15 20:23

      well, if north africa is anything to go by... they'll first destroy the country. They wont even see it coming. Then, a civil war... change of regime... and then the hard task of re-building what was destroyed. So, to answer more specific, by 2020 it will be done.

      Adam - 2012-02-15 22:37

      @Barabus2012: You are at the point of no return now. I do not foresee a civil war for at least another 20 plus years. There are too many ANC voters that are not educated enough to see where you headed. By the time they do and enough voters swing the other way, they will still continue in squalor for many more years before there is an sort of uprising that would bear any fruit. The ruling government will dig their heels in, Syria style and the carnage will continue until a “peace maker” in wolves clothing wants what remains of the mineral wealth and barters some “peaceful” solution to further their own end……Here endith the lesson for today.

      Juan - 2012-02-16 02:12

      Indeed, what a bunch of incompetent fools, with this Zwane idiot as the kingpin. You get what you vote for.

  • Barefoot - 2012-02-15 20:32

    Sometimes politicians are so selfish that they willingly set panic within our country? did anyone think about the poor person who had an appointment tomorrow who just read this and decided not to go to the hospital only to find out that his treatment is there and waiting? think first before trying to score some political points

      Elize - 2012-02-15 20:37

      Not possible, no poor person has access to a computer.

      TheAppsMan - 2012-02-15 21:27

      @Elize - Not poor (no money) but poor (unfortunate)- the patient will travel, possibly many kilometers to have thewre essential treatment only to find they cannot have it.

      Antionette Oberholzer - 2012-02-15 21:30

      I use to go there and it's sad to say that the majority of the patients that go there don't have access to the internet and won't know that they won't get treated. They will however be there everyday because they work on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

  • Guy - 2012-02-15 20:42

    An to think, this ANC mess want a national health system, but they can even run the existing one. Our hospitals are a national disgrace. Do yourself a favour and visit a state hospital, when you leave, you will know we are third world.

      Solly Rand - 2012-02-15 20:53


  • TheAppsMan - 2012-02-15 21:17

    Good to know it's "Only" R3.6M is owed!!!!

  • Antionette Oberholzer - 2012-02-15 21:22

    This is shocking. Without the proper treatment the cancer WILL spread. Exactly what happened to my cancer when I was treated by PTA Academic.

  • Spotty - 2012-02-15 21:39

    The pharmacies are usually unable to provide essentials too. Everything that semi-evolved simians touch turns to mud.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-02-15 22:19

    Your cANCer, your Future !! *hahahaha* Epic Fail!!! To be expected from these morons actually.

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-16 07:03

    So what else is new?

  • broerkie - 2012-02-16 11:00

    OPEN COMMENT TO MR ZWANE Dear Mr Zwane i am not a doctor either but i do have common sense BUT i do have my other half who has been battling to get her treatment done at said hospital and has been waiting since September to finish treatment for cancer at this venerable institution because of Failure by hospital administrators and Gauteng local government to pay suppliers who are refusing to do any more work or maintenance. So you are a LIAR.... YOU ARE KILLING PEOLPE WITH YOUR INCOMPETENCE... Jack has all the right in the world to take you to task and MANY more will join. the problem is that the longer you take to sort your issues out the more expensive it is going to be as law suites from bereaved families not to mention of your insensitive comments that open yourself personally to law suites seems to drift in the wind. The funny thing is the doctors and nurses who do the treatments are some of the most amazing folks in Healthcare and they stand powerless to do theire jobs because of idiots like yourself who would rather mouthoff than do your bloody job. Wake up you fool

  • Heather Carmody - 2013-04-19 08:05

    I love the part if a patients treatment is postponed it would be for medical reasons haa haa how do you treat a patient with no equipment fool he did nt even know the machines were none operational and why would Siemens claim a 120k if it's not owed ?..... My man I'd say you don't know what's happening in your job ...get on top of it.

  • Mary Hinge - 2013-12-16 14:11

    If the machines were properly repaired/serviced in the first place, they would still be working ! Seems that SIEMENS thinks they have found a cash cow. Either that, or the technicians from SIEMENS are not doing their job properly - for whatever reason.

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