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Hospital goes from little fire to ‘frantic situation’ to provincial crisis

Charlotte Maxeke shutdown set to push Gauteng’s hospitals, already struggling with Covid, to their limits

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Dr Suhayl Essa had just finished his shift at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital at 7pm on Friday and was heading home when his head of department called him on his cellphone and urged him to return to the hospital to evacuate patients.

He had known about the fire when he started work that afternoon, but the fire department seemed to have everything under control.

Apart from the cars lining the street after the staff had been told to move them out the parking garage, it seemed to Essa the drama was over. ..

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