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Patients turned away from JHB hospital due to long waiting list

There are over 1,200 patients on a waiting list for joint replacement at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

FILE: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With the spotlight on service at government hospitals, more people have come forward to complain about being turned away from state facilities, despite needing urgent surgery.

On Wednesday morning Eyewitness News revealed that a patient in need of hip replacement surgery was told by doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to return in seven years.

The Gauteng Health Department said it requested hospital management to investigate the matter and to contact the patient for a check-up as soon as possible.

In another incident, Vusi Ngcobo said his aging mother was told she would have to wait until 2021 to get her hip replaced.

Ngcobo said his mother is one of the 1,200 patients on a waiting list at the same facility.

"She's suffering from a hip [injury], she's always in pain and taking pain tablets."

Meanwhile a doctor who works at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, who wants to remain anonymous, said the facility also has a waiting list of up to two years.

"The major issue is equipment failure, which delays us further. We haven't operated for the last three weeks because the air conditioning system, which is as old as the hospital, broke down."

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