Joburg hospital confirms catch-up plan

The DA has claimed Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital is understaffed and understocked.

JOHANNESBURG - Machines at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital’s oncology unit have reportedly been replaced, after accusations that the hospital was delaying up to 100 patients per week.

The Democratic Alliance earlier claimed the hospital was understaffed and understocked with equipment, which the Department of Health has admitted to.

A catch-up plan has been implemented so the hundreds of patients can receive treatment on time, as further delays could prove life threatening for cancer patients.

The Department is also trying to address basic issues the hospital faces like the a lack of essential items such as gloves, linens and gowns.

It said in a statement it had issued a tender to replace its 50-year-old laundry equipment at the hospital.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)