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healthcareSaturday Dispatch reports that a frustrated and highly trained heart doctor is sitting in Mthatha’s Nelson Mandela Academic hospital surrounded by high-tech specialist state-of-the-art equipment worth R28-million – but without anyone to help operate it.  

The hospital has a fully kitted out cardiology unit, which is not in operation.  It also has specialised cath lab equipment, used to visualise the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat any abnormalities discovered in patients, which stands idle.  Cardiologist Dr Khulile Moeketsi said:  “I am very frustrated.  Currently I’m doing minimally invasive cardiology and I still have to refer some patients to Durban.  I cannot do coronary angiograms because the department has not hired the staff.  I am trained to be an invasive cardiologist but I am not doing it.”  It has also been discovered that state cardiac patients in the Eastern Cape can only be treated in Port Elizabeth, although there are two tertiary hospitals on the eastern side of the Eastern Cape capable of doing the work.

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