Several hospitals in Gauteng are facing a high risk of equipment failure, which could potentially endanger patients and healthcare workers. According to recent reports by SowetanLIVE, maintenance teams were denied access to Gauteng hospitals due to ongoing wage protests, resulting in the closure of all entrances to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. The closed entries prevent patients from entering and put them at risk.
The Gauteng department of human settlements and infrastructure development has warned that patients at the affected hospitals, including Helen Joseph, Leratong, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, Thelle Mogoerane, Sebokeng, Kopanong, Heidelberg, Johan Heyns, Carletonville, Bheki Mlangeni, and Discoverers Community Health Centre, could be at serious risk if machines like boilers, autoclave machines, and central cooling systems malfunction. Gauteng human settlements and infrastructure development MEC, Lebogang Maile, has urged the leadership of the labour movement to engage their protesting members to grant immediate access to maintenance teams, stressing the critical importance of these machines to the safety and well-being of patients and healthcare workers.
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