Doctors accused of negligence

2012-09-02 14:36

Johannesburg - Netcare doctors charged with illegally harvesting kidneys from impoverished Brazilian patients neglected the donors, according to documents submitted to the Durban High Court, City Press reported on Sunday.

The kidneys were allegedly harvested between 2001 and 2003 without performing proper medical and psychological tests.

An internal audit of the overseas transplant programme showed only 10 of 104 foreign donors in Durban had medical evaluation reports.

Only two donors had psychological evaluation reports.

None had submitted required letters of acceptance, City Press reported.

Surgeons John Robbs, Ariff Haffejee, Neil Christopher, and Mahadev Naidoo, who performed the transplants at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban, have claimed malicious and selective prosecution.

They say doctors who performed illegal transplants for the Netcare hospital group in Cape Town and Johannesburg have not yet been charged.

Former transplant unit staffers Lindy Dickson and Melanie Azor made the same claims in a separate application, reported the weekly.

They argue the state delayed the case for eight years and the Netcare misled transplant teams into believing all was above board.

Netcare paid a R7 million fine for admitting its guilt in the scam, which sold kidneys to wealthy Israeli patients.

The prosecution claims all participants were aware of what was going on.

  • samgaf - 2012-09-02 15:10

    The profession is gone to the dogs

      jan.vanrensburg.988 - 2012-09-02 15:43

      I dont see anything wrong with what they did from my personal point of view. It was a willing buyer and willing seller... how is this different from allowing women to legally strip naked in strip clubs or allowing women(or men) to willingly sell themselves for sex...nobody prosecutes the people behind these yet to save lives we want to call brilliant surgeons names?

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-09-02 18:30

      samqaf, I respectfully disagree. We own our own bodies and should have the right to sell, give away or even destroy ourselves if we want, as long as other lives are not harmed in the process. The doctors were saving lives when they transplanted the organs. The sellers of the organs were trying to get themselves out of financial troubles. I am sad that they needed to do so but the organs were used to benifit, not harm people. If the sale of organs was done in an open and legitimate way there wouldn't be the sordid side to this story. As it stands right now though, the wrong people are being prosecuted.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-09-02 21:13

      Jan and Lorna, you might not see anything wrong, but fact is what they did was and is illegal. The whole lot involved in this scandal, including the directors of Netcare should be prosecuted.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-03 13:29

      Jan.van rensburg.988. Don't be daft. How can you compare selling a kidney with a dancer in a strip club?. By the way the kidneys were not meant for those on waiting lists, but rather for rich clients who can afford to purchase kidneys by exploiting desperately poor people. If this is fine by you were is your sense of what is right or wrong?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-03 13:37

      Lorna .m.eaton. By justifying the actions of greedy doctors, you give them save passage to harvest other body parts there is a demand for. Say your loved one is in a critical state but saveable, yet the doctor can make a bundle with the organs he can harvest. Why would he leave your loved one alive?. He already showed he had no compassion for the Brazilian, poor as a church mouse willing to part with his kidney, for far more than paying off debt as you said. Doctors that harvest body parts so rich patients don't have to wait, are despicable and shouldn't be allowed near a hospital. Let them still their greed elsewhere.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-09-02 21:54

    Doctor r supposed to do psych tests first and they ignored that hence negligence charges imposed

  • - 2012-09-03 11:25

    The Medical world has become nothing more than a financial bottomless pit. and as a consequence of that aspect of the almighty medical world that I am a widower today. My new philosophy today is if sick: go to the chemist or pharmacy You are going to be sent there anyway.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-03 13:25

    If you harvest kidneys for financial gain why would you care about the victims?.

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