Johannesburg - A number of challenges facing Gauteng state hospital have been brought under the spotlight after revelations that patients are expected to wait for as long as three years for treatment.
According to the DA Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom, the waiting times for cancer treatment at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital have worsened over the years and about 400 prostate cancer patients are expected to wait for at least 10 months to three years for treatment.
“This information is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature,” Bloom said.
“Hodgkin’s, bladder, rectum/anus, and head and neck cancers will take about six weeks to be treated, gynecological cancer from three to four months and prostate cancer between 10 months and three years,” he added.
Bloom said that the four Linear Accelerator machines which treat cancer patients, have all broken down at least once since January 2018.