Cabinet outraged by kidney scandal

2010-11-11 11:37
Cape Town – Cabinet has expressed its "outrage" at the human kidney transplant scandal uncovered at Netcare hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cabinet welcomed the court decision to impose fines against Netcare KwaZulu-Natal for the unlawful surgeries whereby human kidneys were illegally acquired and transplanted at one of the company's hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, government spokesperson Themba Maseko told a media briefing on Thursday.

"Cabinet is outraged by the conduct of both the hospital and the doctors who are implicated in the scam," he said following Wednesday's regular Cabinet meeting.

Government would not allow the country to become a haven for syndicates who traffic in human parts.

This case also raised serious trust and ethical issues regarding the doctors who were implicated.

"Cabinet hopes and expects that the health professions body will also act against the individual doctors who are implicated in the 'ritual'."

Government hoped that the Netcare group and the private health care industry would take all the necessary steps to ensure that this inhumane conduct never happened again.

"The law enforcement agencies must do all they can to ensure that all those who are implicated in the scam face the full might of the law," Maseko said.

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