3294 OPS CANCELLED AT BARA HOSPITAL
3294 operations were cancelled at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital from January 2018 to end-September this year.
This has been revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
The reasons for cancellation were as follows:
Overbooking - 1262
Shortage of ICU beds - 926
Patient related - 559
Shortage of consumables - 210
Equipment related - 115
Infrastructure related - 312
Most of these factors are avoidable, caused by poor management that overbooks patients or fails to ensure working machinery and surgical supplies. The shortage of ICU beds for post-operative recovery is also of concern.
The high number of cancellations is distressing for both patients and staff and worsens the long waiting times for surgery - more than 6000 patients currently wait more than six months for surgery at this hospital.
According to Masuku, the following steps are being taken to reduce cancelled operations:
Improving booking systems, indicating the operating time.
Creating ward 7 High Care dependency for surgical department = 22
Performing some of the operations in cluster hospitals.
Saturday elective list (Extra list).
Extending arthroplasty list to 7 to 7 during the week.
Strengthening of cluster systems and outreach.
I hope that better management cuts the unacceptably high cancellation of operations at this major hospital.
Statement by Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC, 27 November 2019