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Hope for Charlotte Maxeke’s cancer patients, bleak forecast for the rest

Oncology unit due to reopen this week, but officials cannot forecast when rest of facility will be operational

Gill Gifford

While the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is set to remain closed indefinitely after a fire last month, the much-needed oncology unit will reopen “before the end of the week”.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited the hospital on Tuesday on a fact-finding mission to determine the extent of damage to the facility and resulting disruptions to patient services, while assessing interim arrangements made for existing and new patients.

Commission spokesperson Buang Jones, who headed the delegation, said they had received numerous complaints, particularly from cancer patients who could no longer receive treatment at the hospital and were struggling to access the care they needed...

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