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.”

  • Comrade Mike - 2011-02-26 13:44

    I always wondered why I had to state how many kidneys I have on that form when visiting my doctor.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-02-26 14:11

    How come the transplants are illegal ?

      Dave - 2011-02-26 20:25

      They were bought illegaly, desperate people sold their organs for transplant

  • grascowil - 2011-02-26 15:59

    Typical, always blame someone else

  • exocist - 2011-02-26 19:02

    so whats new? what about that useless suiplap minister that poisoned her new liver by suiping herself to death wasn't her op also illegal jumping ahead of patients on the doner list

      Allin - 2011-02-26 20:12

      At least she eventually managed to suip herself to death

  • amos - 2011-02-27 12:54

    Is it true that most of those involved were Israelis? Is this the reason for the supression of the truth? Money talks..especially when it is mostly American tax payers money

  • pigspotterPe - 2011-02-27 14:12

    This is was pratice under apartheid aswell.When i was a baby my mum say that the doctors used along needle to tap into my spinefluid they told her i had fits!My mum not being the most educated of persons left it like that. i always had this cut feeling my spinefluid was use 4 a white person that had cancer.A neighbour near me had an incident whereby her son was killed and at the hospital the doctor ask for organ donor hand out she refuse and before the son had his funeral the funeral people(close friend of family)called her and said he notice some organs missing.being that it was still 1994 nothing happened of the case whites steal our land plus our organs wtf!that why i am nt a blood donor.

      Stuartthom - 2011-02-28 11:57

      sounds like they removed ur brain as well - those hospitals were way better than what u have now

  • JiveTalking - 2011-02-28 11:38

    Always a Naidoo.

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