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The emergency department at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital remains open despite promises

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. Photo: Sthembiso Lebuso / City Press

  • The health department has promised that the emergency department at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital will be operational by the end of April.
  • The unit was still locked.
  • Instead, the ministry says it will make an announcement by Friday.

Promises to reopen Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital by the end of April have been in vain.

The hospital was destroyed by fire for more than a year.

Last month, Health Secretary Joe Phaahla promised that repairs in the hospital’s emergency department would be completed by the last week of April. That didn’t happen.

Instead, spokesman Foster Mohale said Tuesday that national and provincial health ministries would announce the opening of the department by Friday.

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DA health spokesman Jack Bloom said he was fed up with the government’s empty promises. He said the continued closure of the emergency department “is causing great anxiety to staff and patients in other hospitals who are unable to cope with the flood of extra patients.”

Bloom said:

The persistent failure to meet ever-changing deadlines shows profound incompetence.

The National Ministry of Health has taken over the improvement of the hospital to speed it up.

Phaahla said the hospital’s Unit 1 is expected to be fully operational by March 2023 and Units 4 and 5 by November 2023. The hospital was originally completed by 2027.

According to Bloom, the continued closure of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital has placed a huge burden on other hospitals.

“The emergency department at Helen Joseph Hospital is full of patients who are squeezed into corridors and sit in chairs for long periods of time before entering the wards. The time for objections has expired. Private sector expertise needs to be used optimally to reopen [Charlotte Maxeke hospital’s casualty department] as soon as possible and we will put the rest of the hospital in order. “


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The emergency department at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital remains open despite promises

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