R118 000 will be spent to repair the CT Scanner that was vandalised at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital and caused the delay in reopening the Accident and Emergency Unit.
This was revealed today by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in an oral reply to my questions at a sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
According to Mokgethi, the CPU was stolen from the CT Scanner, and other electrical items were also damaged and stolen, resulting in a total estimated loss of R87 000.
She said that the thefts occurred at the construction site in the hospital where the contractor was responsible for security.
I asked the MEC why the hospital’s own security was not held accountable as well, and she said that action was being taken against them.
It is vital that security is stepped up at the hospital as staff and patients suffer terribly when thefts disrupt hospital services.