Gauteng Department of Health reported nearly 2,036 canceled operations in Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in 2018. A total of 1,979 surgeries were postponed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital last year.
According to Gauteng Health MEC spokesperson Kwara Kekana, operations are canceled or delayed due to various reasons such as an overcrowded high-care unit, patient problems, inadequate infrastructure or a shortage of basic medical supplies. However, they now want to take strict measures to prevent the cancellation of non-emergency operations at the Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals in Johannesburg.
The Department of Health wants to implement systems to improve the outcome of patients’ health and in-hospital experiences. “We intend to implement electronic communication systems for scheduling, reminding and canceling hospital operations to prevent these problems from arising again. We also want to carefully evaluate patients at important clinics befo