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healthcareSunday Tribune reports that a 69-year-old Stanger man who had been waiting to receive urgent cancer treatment at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital died this week amid an oncology crisis in Durban.  

Apart from deceased patient, there are thousands of others on the waiting list to receive treatment.  On Friday, the last oncologist in Durban left the public health sector when she resigned.  This placed the hospital, which sees 80% of KZN’s cancer patients, in a fresh crisis because from this week there will be no oncologists at the hospital.  The provincial Department of Health said it was implementing an interim plan to provide treatment and called on oncologists in the province to meet, and to let it know how much of their time they can provide.  This would apply while it was recruiting for replacements.  The SA Medical Association (Sama) and the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) have condemned the crisis, calling for urgent intervention.  Meantime, National Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, is awaiting a report on the matter.

  • Read this report by Nabeelah Shaikh in full at Sunday Tribune
  • Read too, KZN health department under severe strain, at SABC News

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