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X-ray leak at Kopanong Hospital - Jack Bloom

DA MPL says staff have been put on two months' special leave as a result of possible radiation leak

X-ray leak at Kopanong Hospital

21 June 2019

I am extremely concerned by the report that all x-ray staff at the Kopanong Hospital In Vereeniging have been put on two months’ special leave as a result of a possible radiation leak.

This is yet another example of poor maintenance at a Gauteng hospital that endangers staff and patients.

According to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), the x-Ray Department at the hospital has been broken for some time.

Other problems at this hospital include overcrowding at the casualty and a shortage of beds.

We need to know what the true situation is at this hospital and what is being done to fix it.

A key priority for new Health MEC Bandile Masuku is to come up with a proper plan to fix the endemic maintenance failures in Gauteng hospitals.

Issued by Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC, 21 June 2019