Taking a cut

Taking a cut

Two years ago it was being punted by American medical ethics campaigners as likely to be “the medical trial of the century”.

Now, finally, six years after the scandalous eventsNetcare faces homicide and racketeering charges for its role in an international human organ transplant scam.

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Submitted by : Tony Beamish of PARISOT on 2010-09-16 14:31:22
Netcare denies transplant scam

Hospital network Netcare "vigorously denied" on Thursday reports of illegal kidney transplants at St Augustine's hospital in Durban.

"After several years of co-operating fully with the SA Police Service and providing the investigating officer with countless affidavits, it has come as a great surprise and disappointment that the prosecuting authority has seen it fit to bring charges against Netcare Limited, Netcare KZN and Dr Richard Friedland, Chief Executive Officer of Netcare," the hospital group said in a statement posted on its website.

"Netcare Limited, Netcare KZN and Dr Friedland vigorously deny any wrongdoing whatsoever and intend to defend the charges brought against them."

The Mercury newspaper reported on Thursday that Netcare allegedly made more than R22-million with the operations.

According to the Durban paper, Friedland was accused of being aware of the illegal transplants and allowing them to continue. The charges relate to more than a 100 operations at the hospital between 2001 and 2003 in which people - mainly Brazilians - were paid as little as R42 000 to donate their kidneys to Israeli patients.

Friedland and several transplant unit staff were served with summons on Thursday, according to The Times newspaper.

More people were expected to be served with summons on Thursday.

The accused were expected to appear in a Durban court in November. - Sapa

Source: www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20100916101136282C604119
Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2008-12-08 12:37:46
We all need to remember: If you're looking for criminals in SA - and the reason for the high crime rate - stop looking around you at the poor people in the street. Look UP into the offices of corporate power.
Without the liars and thieves at the very top of our august banking, insurance, cellphone, mining, legal and medical institutions, our crime would be easily managed.
Our politicians don't have the criminal nous to run such slick networks. They leave it to their connections in the business world, while turning a blind eye.
Submitted by : Barry Midgley of DURBAN on 2008-12-01 12:53:14
I guess Doctors don't have time to find anything odd about an Afro-Amazon, Poro speaking, Pork munching individual not being Kosher. Then again as the headline states I don't suppose they noticed if the Rabbi had taken his cut (or should it be harvest?) in the case of a male donor.


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