SAHRC to release report into KZN oncology crisis

SAHRC to release report into KZN oncology crisis

The SA Human Rights Commission is due to release its full report into the oncolocy crisis in KZN today. 

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The commission released a statement last week saying the KZN Health Department and MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo had violated the rights of patients at Addington and the Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospitals in Durban for failing to provide access to health care services.  

The statement advised the respondents to take immediate action, repair and monitor all health technology machines - regardless of contractual disputes.  

The report comes just weeks after the last oncologist in the province's public sector resigned.  The complainant in the matter - the DA - said yesterday it would also unpack the full report.  

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The party's spokesperson for health in KwaZulu-Natal, Imraan Keeka says recruiting medical staff is a national issue. 

"The problem with recruiting medical staff locally is not unique to KZN - it's a national issue. One of the recommendations as the Democratic Alliance has made - even nationally - is to open the process of recruiting doctors on the international process," he said.

The Department said previously that doctors from the private sector would be brought in - in the meantime to provide care to cancer patients.

Listen to the full bulletin below. 

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