kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIve writes that as at the close of business on Friday‚ there will not be a single cancer specialist doctor employed at any state hospital in Durban - and only two will be left in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

This will leave hundreds - if not thousands - of cancer patients facing clinical uncertainty and staring the possibility of death squarely in the face.  It follows the resignation of the only cancer doctor remaining at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.  Oncology services‚ including radiotherapy‚ are provided at just three hospitals in KZN, namely two in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg, where there are only two oncologists left.  This situation is a result of a massive exodus from state hospitals to the more lucrative private sector.  Democratic Alliance MPL Dr Imran Keeka commented:  “Oncologists have provided solid reasons for leaving.  Those that I have spoken to give reasons ranging from not being able to continue working in an environment that is overburdened by the sheer number of patients‚ the patronage systems in the department‚ seeing immense suffering because of the failing healthcare structures and broken equipment."

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