Joburg hospital cancer machines down

2012-06-20 21:19

Johannesburg - Cancer patients were continuing to suffer at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital because of a machinery breakdown, the DA said on Wednesday.

Nine machines for treating cervical cancer, including cobalt external radiation machines, were broken and five others kept breaking down, said Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom.

He said Siemens was refusing to service the machines because it had not been paid by Phambili Hospital Products, which is the intermediary company which has a contract with the department.

"The fault appears to lie with Phambili, because the department claims that it has paid the company," he said.

Chances of survival

Bloom said the dispute needed to be urgently resolved, as it was hindering patients' chances of survival.

He said DA was proposing that the department terminate its contract with Phambili to cut costs.

"I am deeply suspicious as to why there is an intermediary company at all, instead of a direct contract with Siemens," he said.

"We should not have to pay higher costs through an intermediary company that does not deliver, and appears to be there merely because of misdirected empowerment requirements."

Comment from the hospital could not be immediately obtained.

The Gauteng health department acknowledged there was a problem with the hospital's equipment.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane said the department was aware that the machines were functioning at 70% capacity.

He said the department had been speaking to the two companies and he hoped a resolution would soon be found.

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 21:50

    What's with the middle man in all this? A cANCer cadre with a filthy finger in the pie? I'd be so ashamed to be a cANCer supporter, so very ashamed to think I'd contributed to the shocking state this country is in.

      Harold - 2012-06-20 22:19

      To be ashamed you have to have a moral conscience. These people do not even know what a conscience is. So how can you ask them to be ashamed. The time will come when they will have to give account of them selves at the International criminal court in the Hague. I am going to enjoy that.

      Boer - 2012-06-21 01:22

      This is ridiculous. People have to suffer cause some asswipe in the ANC gadre is once again not doing his or her job. Pay Siemens and get the machines fixed. Poeple are dying for goodnes sakes.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-06-21 09:18

      This is just a small sample of the chaos to come with the national health scheme--billions of rands will be floating around and out of "windows" when services delivered will have to be paid for and no one knows who signed the cheques.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-06-20 21:55

    ..I am deeply suspicious as to why there is an intermediary company at all, instead of a direct contract with Siemens," he said. Why don't they give it to the Public Protector to investigate.. This is surely another fraudelent contract done by the ANC. cadres involved before the D.A. took control over the W.C.

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-06-20 22:08

    Does not surprise me.I was at the hospital yesterday. Lifts don't work, computers down, photo-state machines broken, window broken...WHAT A STATE HOSPITAL!!!!

  • Erna - 2012-06-20 22:33

    The common link in government's lack of service delivery, corruption and mismanagement is the use of intermediaries and consultants, because the deployed cadres are unable to do the work.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-20 22:49

    Da, Da , Da is gonna be famous

  • braamc - 2012-06-20 23:23

    The people are dying for hunger from illness from poverty, but the cANCer will continue. Down with the ANC!

      thabo.mabaso - 2012-06-21 10:13

      like seriously now....u matter how much u try to understand government's position in certain instances, u just eventually realise that these so called leaders r nothing but a bunch of failures who really dont care about their citizens. this is disgusting.lets stop condoning rubbish and force this government to act or ship out...infact, they must just ship out..isnt there any1 with a concience in the anc?

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-06-21 01:12

    another Zimbabwe disaster is slowly approaching south African shores, if we as south Africans still letting bigotry of race issue to divide us instead of working together to create a better south Africa next stop is food shortages in our supermarkets, if we can put a one voice all of us black,white,yellow and green and shout to the ANC by saying enough is enough I'm sure they'll listen, but if we keep letting bigotry to rule or control our minds the ANC will keep raping us until we die of poverty and bad governance.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-06-21 09:42

      We will probably never get rid of the anc ---so the only answer is that we must pray for a new leader with high intelligence and vision to enter the anc, one who fears no corrupt comrade, A PERSON like maybe--VUSI THEMBEKWAYO ?

  • Rebecca - 2012-06-21 12:06

    give them a panado as that's all you get these days from our hospitals!

  • Anakin - 2012-06-21 12:34

    I bet there are many other broken machines just sitting there in Jhb.Charlotte Maxeke hospital just looking pretty. A bit off topic, but are the backup generators and equipment for eg. working (sorry...sorry.. I meant "WEKING"..) as we are just about in the middle of winter now? No, I'm not paranoid, it's just that another couldn't USE their backup equipment as there was no diesel. It's typical of the ANC govt. to wait until there is a serious problem and THEN to try and fix it, when it's too late. And I would ALSO like to know why the hospital has to "wek" through a 3rd party for servicing vital equipment. If its to deal with various manufacturers I can MAYBE understand it but is so big anyway that appointing their own technical staff and admin people for this would perhaps "wek" better...or do they use an intermediate company to deliberately delay payments to suppliers....because they didn't BUDGET correctly and are again stuck because "there is no money..eish." In a private co. no-one will blame anyone for costs related to machine breakdowns AS LONG AS IT WAS BUDGETED FOR in a CAPEX. So where is the problem? The excuses are becoming very thin and predictable. And then the empowerment excuse again...what exactly does Phambili do? Transport defective equipment between suppliers and the hospital and then ask 20% commision on invoicing, whilst they don't actually FIX ANYthing - I mean most big companies have their OWN IN-HOUSE service departments?

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