Old hospital equipment to be renewed

Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development said a task team was formed to improve facilities.

Construction worker is continuing at the New Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development said plans are underway to renew old and worn equipment in the province's hospitals.

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was at the Natalspruit hospital in Katlehong on Friday, where four of the hospital's five lifts were found to be out of order.

Allegations surfaced that staff at the hospital had to carry patients between floors in the five story building.

The department cancelled a R1,5 million contract with a service provider responsible for the upkeep of lifts at the Natalspruit hospital.

The lifts were installed in 1969 and poor maintenance procedures left most of them ineffective.

CT scanners also broke down three months ago and patients were transferred to neighbouring hospitals for this service.

The department said a task team was formed to find ways of improving facilities in Gauteng's major hospitals.