36 000 patients waiting for surgery in Gauteng Hospitals
SEBOKENG - The DA in Gauteng says an astounding 36 237 patients are on the waiting lists for operations in Gauteng public hospitals, with a waiting period of five years for some types of surgery. Chris Hani Baragwanath has the largest waiting list – 10 900 patients in total, including 1777 patients who will wait 4 years and five months for hip and knee replacements. Other hospitals with long waiting lists for surgery include Sebokeng Hospital with 2977 patients and George Mukhari Hospital with 5979 patients waiting. The largest backlogs are in cataract surgery, with more than 10 000 patients who will wait up to two years at the Steve Biko and George Mukhari hospitals but six months or less at the Tembisa, Kalafong, Pholosong and Mamelodi hospitals.