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The 24-hour power outage at Johannesburg's Coronation Hospital at the weekend should be a wake-up call on maintenance work, the DA said yesterday.
Jack Bloom, Gauteng health spokesman for the party, said hospitals in the province were at risk because maintenance contracts had been cancelled.
"Hospital generators are no longer being started up and tested on a weekly basis as a result of the cancelled contracts," he said.
Bloom said the contracts were cancelled in June as part of reorganisation by the public transport, roads and works department.
All wards except the intensive care and neo-natal units were affected, said health spokesman Zanele Mngadi.
Works department spokesman Alfred Nhlapo was not immediately able to comment on the cancelled contracts. - Sapa