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Death trap: Charlotte Maxeke Hospital still limping months after ...

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Death trap: Charlotte Maxeke Hospital still limping months after fire havoc

‘The place is falling apart around us,’ says angry doctor

Senior journalist

No beds available for new admissions, oncology patients who had been moved at risk of infection and receiving suboptimal care, and patient overflows sent out to overburdened neighbouring facilities.

This is how Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg — a dedicated Covid facility — is still limping along after a fire in April closed most of it.

“We are running like headless chickens. Nothing is getting fixed properly and the only successes we have had have been when Solidarity or Gift of the Givers have come in and taken over. Government should be embarrassed that an NGO had to come in and dig a borehole to supply a public hospital with water,” said a doctor who has worked at the hospital since 1997...

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