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Gauteng hospitals under spotlight again

A patient complained of waiting 14 hours before receiving medical attention at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital.

A 62-year-old woman died in the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital on Monday, four days after being admitted to one of Gauteng's newly-built hospitals.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng hospitals have once again come under fire with another patient complaining of waiting 14 hours before receiving medical attention at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto.

A Johannesburg woman has told Eyewitness News that her 62-year-old mother waited through the night before finally being taken to a ward and seen by a doctor the next morning.

Thabisile Matsitse from Pimville says she rushed her mother Joyce Ndebele to hospital on Wednesday night after she started vomiting and had diarrhoea.

Matsitse says she and her mother were initially made to wait an hour before health officials gave them a file.

Sixty-two-year-old Ndebele died in the hospital on Monday four days after being admitted to one of Gauteng's newly-built hospitals.

Matsitse believes her mother would still be alive today if health officials attended to her earlier.

Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has admitted that waiting periods at hospitals around the province are a problem and says they are working on the issue.

Mahlangu also says her department will investigate whether or not there was negligence by health officials.