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Gauteng cancer patients denied treatment

The national Department of Health has stepped in to help Gauteng cancer patients.

The Gauteng Health Department. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Health has stepped in to help Gauteng cancer patients who were denied treatment at state hospitals.

Advocacy group Campaigning 4 Cancer claims at least 100 patients were not receiving regular treatment.

Gauteng hospitals have come under the spotlight for equipment failure, non-payment to service providers, security concerns and medication shortages.

Health Department spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said the situation is unacceptable.

"We can't have a situation where any patient does not get their treatment. We are interacting with senior officials."