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Patients pop painkillers as queue for surgery stretches up to six years

Gauteng set aside R2bn to fix hospitals over the next three years, but right now patients just have to wait

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The many challenges facing Gauteng state hospitals are being scrutinised after revelations that patients are expected to wait for as long as six years for life-changing surgeries.

Pensioner Jan Theron, 70, is one of the 14,530 patients in Gauteng’s four academic hospitals who have waited for more than a year to have a second hernia operation at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Theron now survives on painkillers, which take up almost half of his R1,780 monthly government pension grant...

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