Hospital group admits that its premises were used for illegal transplantations

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6543
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

The largest of South Africa’s three private hospital groups, Netcare, has admitted in court that St Augustine’s Hospital, Durban, which is owned by a Netcare subsidiary, was used for over 100 illegal kidney transplantations.

The illegal operations, which were carried out between June 2001 and November 2003, involved transplanting healthy kidneys from Brazilian and Romanian donors into Israelis needing kidneys but who were unable to obtain them in Israel under Israeli law.

St Augustine’s Hospital is owned by Netcare KwaZulu-Natal (NKZ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Netcare.

A government spokesman, Themba Maseko, has said that investigations are continuing.

Netcare, which also operates in the United Kingdom, has been fined 4m rand (£0.36m; €0.42m; $0.6m) for its role …

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