A lack of clean linen at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto has reportedly led to cancellations of scheduled surgeries over the past three weeks.
So says Jack Bloom, MEC for Prosecutor Gauteng’s shadow health Shortages appear to have been caused by broken machines in the hospital’s on-site laundry, another instance of poor maintenance leading to a disruption in health services.
“Meanwhile, doctors are frustrated that surgeries are having to be canceled in the first place although there are long waiting lists. In the case of hip and knee surgeries, many patients have waited years for these surgeries, only to be bitterly disappointed when they are cancelled,” Bloom said.
Bloom also said theater patients get cold in cold weather because there are no blankets.
“Laundry shortages are common in Gauteng’s public hospitals because they have to use the five state-owned laundries, which are notoriously inefficient.”
Bloom said it was “terribly disappointing that this hospital was dealing with so many preventable problems earlier this year, including food shortages.”
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital spokesman Nkosiyethu Mazibuko said the hospital had “challenges” due to a boiler malfunction.
“However, the hospital has taken measures such as B. Disposable linen for the planned surgeries,” Mazibuko said.
He said the hospital also hired private companies to ensure laundry is washed.
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