‘Crippled public hospitals put ’severe strain’ on private facilities’


Private hospitals in Gauteng are under “severe strain” and Parliament’s health oversight committee chair warned that it will be “practically impossible” to manage the third wave of Covid-19 in the province while the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital remains closed. – Medical Brief (16 June 2021).

On June, 14 more than 3,500 patients had been admitted to Gauteng hospitals, of which more than 1,000 were in ICU and high care. Just over 2,400 were admitted in general wards.
Daily Maverick reported that the Charlotte Maxeke closure has had a ripple effect, with surrounding hospitals taking massive strain. Patients who need lifesaving treatment are forced to seek help elsewhere and often face a long wait. Medical students worry about how the closure of the teaching hospital will affect their training.
“With a third wave of Covid-19 sweeping through Gauteng, a hospital the size of Charlotte Maxeke is desperately needed, ‘but details of plans to reopen it remain sketchy’.”

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