South Africa: Netcare linked to illegal kidney ops
September 16 2010 at 06:31AM
Police have again moved against surgeons accused of performing illegal kidney transplants at Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital – and this time hospital group Netcare, which is accused of reaping more than R22 million from the operations.
Its CEO, Richard Friedland, will also be in the dock.
In total, they face hundreds of charges, including fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and contraventions of the Human Tissues Act, relating to 109 operations at the hospital, between 2001 and 2003, in which poor people – mainly Brazilians – were paid to donate their kidneys to Israeli patients.
In a statement, Netcare said: “After several years of co-operating fully with the South African 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 [continue reading]