Thursday, November 24, 2011

Service at public hospitals in Gauteng disrupted

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 November 2011


Service at public hospitals in Gauteng is being severely hampered because medical supply companies have not been paid.

Some companies have halted deliveries pending payment of hundreds-of-millions-of-Rands by the province’s health department.

The SA Medical Device Industry Association’s Marlon Burgess says 40 medical equipment and device suppliers are owed more than R300-million in unpaid bills dating back to 2005.

One company alone is owed R50-million.

Patients are being left in danger as crucial equipment stays undelivered or unserviced.

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