Prof speaks out over transplant case

2011-02-26 13:00
Cape Town - A professor implicated in the Durban hospital transplant scandal has named three other hospitals responsible for alleged illegal transplant operations.

The Saturday Star reports that Professor John Robbs named Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and Netcare’s Garden City Hospital, and Cape Town’s Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital as being responsible for a further 220 cases.

Doctors at Durban’s Netcare St Augustine’s hospital have been charged over an alleged 109 cases of illegal kidney transplants.

Robbs, along with Professor Ariff Haffejee, Dr Neil Christopher and Dr Mahadev Naidoo will go on trial on May 27 over the operations in Durban, after failing to secure a plea bargain with the state.

The Saturday Star reports Robbs claimed the hospital where he worked was dealing with the "overflow" from Johannesburg.

Netcare KZN pleaded guilty to the charges and paid a R4m over the illegal transplants in 2010.

The Star reports the Gauteng health department has called for an investigation into Robbs’ allegations.

Robbs maintains his innocence in the case, telling the Star “I am not going to plead guilty to something I am not guilty of.”

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