“This unit will be made up of professionals who have medical and legal expertise, which will empower them to advise the department on the correct course of action to follow and the quantum of damages to be awarded where necessary,” said Nkosi. The department said it was in the process of establishing a panel of lawyers that are going to assist and represent them in court.The Gazette established that the department has written a letter to the office of the KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, seeking support for the full staffing of specialised rehabilitative healthcare centres to assist children who are born with cerebral Palsy and other ailments. “For now, these facilities will be located at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital; Durban Children’s Hospital; Northdale Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre; and at Phoenix Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre. These centres will offer the following services, among others: occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audio therapists, speech therapists, and dentists. This will assist in reducing the costs awarded against the department, in relation to future medical expenses,” Nkosi said.