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MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there are at least 15 oncology machines worth R40m each waiting to be used at public hospitals — but he is still looking for specialists to operate them.  

Some provinces have no oncology specialists (KwaZulu-Natal now has just one to service 1.3-million cancer patients) to use the linear accelerators collecting dust in state hospitals.  Speaking on Thursday, Motsoaledi indicated:  "We will rely on private oncologists to come and use the equipment.  Steve Biko Academic has got more oncology equipment‚ and linear accelerators‚ than any hospital in the country‚ private or public.  There are four bunkers (for the radiation machines) there‚ and the fifth bunker is being finished now.  "Charlotte Maxeke [in Johannesburg] has four‚ Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals [in the Western Cape] have three each.  And two in Addington in KwaZulu-Natal. We have repaired the old one; it is working and a new one is being tested.  All that is needed is oncologists."  He added that one of the pilot programmes of the National Health Insurance was to clear the oncology backlog‚ especially in KwaZulu-Natal.

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