Radiation machines fixed - officials

2012-02-17 17:15

Pretoria - Two of the four radiation machines that were not working at the Steve Biko hospital in Pretoria have been fixed, the department of health said on Friday.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane said the machines were fixed on Thursday.

"A third machine, which is fixed now, will be working today [Friday]," he said.

The DA in Gauteng on Wednesday said all four radiation machines at the hospital were not working and cancer patients were not being treated.

Backlog of patients

DA provincial health spokesperson Jack Bloom said Siemens had refused to fix the machines because it was owed R120m by the department of health.

Initially, the department denied the machines were not working. It then said two of the machines only stopped working on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Zwane said hospital management had met Siemens and it was agreed that technicians would fix the machines.

Bloom claimed there was a backlog of about 120 cancer patients awaiting treatment.

Zwane said in response that if a patient's treatment had been postponed, it would have been for medical reasons.

The fourth radiation machine at the hospital would be fixed after technicians found new parts for it, said Zwane.

Hospital CEO Dr Ernest Kenoshi said a patient back-log "catch-up" programme would start on Friday.

  • DaniĆ«l - 2012-02-17 17:42

    There is rarely ever 'medical reasons' not to go ahead with radiation for cancer patients. Thi slip is going to cause a lot of suffering due to negligence -HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

      Pieter - 2012-02-20 08:52

      Agree Daniel

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 17:43

    Why was such a large ammount of money outstanding???? Did it dissappear into large pockets? Peoples lives are cast aside because of failure to administrate properly! A taste of things to come! And of course there was the obvious denial first! Shocking and sad!

  • bernpm - 2012-02-17 17:52

    Re: the state of the nation: How does the repair of radiation machines can become news??

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-17 21:48

      @ bernpm. Are you too dumb to deduce or is it that you are too illiterate too read. Reasons are 1. Maladministration.. they owe R160 million rand for a long period 2. This would not have come to light if it were not for the diligence of the D.A 3. People probably dying of cancer were not being treated 4. Chances are good that the R160 million rand went into ANC cadres pockets or some other kind of corruption 5. It's because of idiots like you that these things are allowed to happen. 6. I rest my case

  • Paul - 2012-02-17 17:56

    Do you think they would ever have been fixed if the DA hadn't blown the whistle? I shudder to think what else is swept under the carpet...

  • Leroy - 2012-02-17 18:34 if machine's workings were initially denied as being dysfunctional, then who in the hell actually knows how to use them ? Striking nurses ???

  • Motho - 2012-03-12 17:43

    If machines are fixed then why are cancer patients turned away at various hospitals in Gaunteng?

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