Lack of anaesthetics a ‘looming crisis’

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Non-urgent surgeries at [b]Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital[/b] have been cancelled because of a lack of anaesthetic drugs.

[s]City Press[/s] reports that this is according to [b]Gauteng DA[/b] health spokesperson Jack Bloom who said: ‘A dire shortage of anaesthetic drugs has this week forced the cancellation of most non-urgent surgeries at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.’ Bloom said other Gauteng hospitals were facing similar shortages, but the Gauteng health department had not acknowledged the ‘looming crisis’.

‘The blame lies with the national [b]Health Department[/b] because of the late award of national pharmaceutical tenders as well as the removal from contracts of certain coded medicines,’ he said. Gauteng should use the same measures that the [b]Western Cape Health[/b] department had implemented to alleviate the problem, he said. The report notes that Health Department spokesperson Prince Hamnca was not available for comment.

Full City Press report

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