Johannesburg - Operations were cancelled at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, on Friday because of a power failure, the Democratic Alliance said.
“It appears that generators are working, but surgeons and anaesthetists refuse to do elective surgery as they don't want to risk generators failing again after they failed twice last week,” DA Gauteng health spokesman Jack Bloom said in a statement.
“It is outrageous that this hospital has an unreliable power supply. Staff and patients are traumatised by the repeated power failures, and waiting lists for surgery grow longer.”
Bloom said people were losing trust in the hospital management's ability to handle the power outage as it was the second electricity cut in two weeks. He said special measures should be taken to ensure the hospital was supplied with electricity at all times.
Gauteng health spokesman Simon Zwane referred all enquiries to the provincial infrastructure development department because the power outage had been caused by cable theft.