Durban private hospital no stranger to organ scandals

2015-11-06 07:52
Derrick Rodgers (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Derrick Rodgers (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban – A prominent private hospital that erroneously discarded a man’s kidney, previously pleaded guilty to offences related to illicit organ transplants.

Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban has come under the spotlight this week after losing a patient’s cancerous kidney following an operation to have it removed.

- Read more: Hospital 'lost my kidney after op'

The patient, Derrick Rodgers, said the kidney was vital so tests could be run to determine his treatment. He said he would be taking legal action against the hospital.

The hospital has since acknowledged the incident, saying the kidney was mistakenly "discarded".

Fin24 previously reported that the hospital had also pleaded guilty to contravening sections of the Human Tissue Act and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The hospital was fined for these contraventions.

The healthcare group previously said that, under a plea agreement, it was fined R20 000 for contravening sections of the Human Tissue Act.

It was also fined R4m for receiving money for kidney transplants and participating in unlawful activities under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. In addition, it paid R3.8m in a confiscation order for benefiting from the illegal operations.

The charges at the time, against Netcare and its CEO Dr Richard Friedland, were unconditionally withdrawn.

Netcare and Friedland had been charged with a number of offences arising from organ transplants performed by several doctors at the hospital between June 2001 and November 2003.

Responding to News24, hospital manager Dr Augusta Dorning said the matter dated back "more than a decade ago" and was a "totally unrelated" matter which had been resolved.

Dorning said it did not have any "relevance, bearing or [was] in any way analogous to the current incident".

"We reiterate that a loss of a kidney histology sample has not happened at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital before. We will continue to render every possible assistance to the patient…"

She added that conclusive action would be taken against staff who did not adhere to hospital policies and protocols regarding histology samples.

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