Cancer patients wait while new radiotherapy machines are still in storage


In December Sunday Times reported that two new cancer-treatment machines, worth more than R100-m,, have been in storage for more than a year, while state hospitals turn away an increasing number of patients.

The Linear Accelerator (Linac) machines, which deliver high-energy X-rays or electrons to destroy cancer cells, need to be housed in protective bunkers that haven’t been built yet.

A spokesperson of Gauteng Health did not answer when asked when the projects would be completed and said it had been ‘delayed by Covid-19 disruptions’. The equipment was earmarked new radiotherapy centres for the Chris Hani Baragwanath and Dr George Mukhari hospitals.



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