Joburg hospital closed operations due to shortage of medical supplies

Joburg hospital closed operations due to shortage of medical supplies

- Due to a shortage of basic medical supplies, a Johannesburg hospital has been forced to cancel non-emergency operations

- The Democratic Alliance shared this news on Sunday, 22 September

- Medical staff at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital has been borrowing equipment from other hospitals for some time

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A lack of medical supplies has caused the non-emergency operations at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital to be cancelled.

IOL News reports that Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng shadow health MEC, shared this news on Sunday, 22 September.

Apparently, operations have been cancelled on Thursday, Briefly.co.za learned.

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Bloom said:

"More than 20 patients were told that their operations could not go ahead as scheduled. There has been a problem for some weeks with procurement at this hospital."

Equipment that is in shortage includes laryngeal masks, suction catheters, oropharyngeal airways and suture dressings, to name a few.

Staff at the hospital has borrowed equipment from other hospitals before and thanks to this, some operations were carried out on Friday after supplies could be borrowed from the Helen Joseph Hospital.

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Bloom is disappointed that a major hospital is in such a bad state that doctors can't operate on patients.

"It is shameful that doctors at a major hospital cannot do their jobs because basic medical supplies are short, with patients suffering as a result."

He feels that the government's health plan - the National Health Insurance - won't succeed if hospitals aren't looked after.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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