Netcare kidney transplant fine shock

2010-11-09 13:50

Johannesburg - Netcare [JSE:NTC] in KwaZulu-Natal was fined R4m by the Commercial Crimes Court after it pleaded guilty on charges of illegal kidney transplants at its St Augustine Hospital in Durban, the SABC reported on Tuesday.

The hospital faced 100 counts in three main charges including that the hospital's staff had illegally acquired kidneys between 2001 and November 2003.

It was also charged with performing transplants in which five of the suppliers were minors and also receiving payments for the operations.

The court also granted a R3.8m confiscation order against the company in light of the profit made from the transplants, the SABC reported.

  • Concerned - 2010-11-09 15:13

    It will only be the right thing to do for the CEO to step down as he was in charge of that hospital when it happened.

  • Bla - 2010-11-09 15:27

    Why the "shock"in your heading. I see no reference to this in text body

  • Hans - 2010-11-09 15:44

    Good result. Things like this happen all over the world especially where there is poverty, So I am glad to see these people/corporations getting caught. The question remains in regards to those that received the Kidneys surely they are not innocent and should face similar charges if not prison sentences.

  • lee grobbelaar - 2010-11-09 16:27

    A fine is not good enough! What a disgrace! Their profits or a share of these profits need to be forced to going into treatment or research on kidney health for the next 5 years! Makes me ill, GREED for PROFIT!!!

  • Giles - 2010-11-10 08:01

    I wonder how the Netcare board feels about backing their CEO with an admission of guilt in place. The current CEO was in charge of company operations at the time he was absolutely in the know about the illegal practices. I hope the doctors & coordinators make this quite clear in their trial testimony!!

  • Rholda - 2010-11-11 08:09

    What about the doctors that were involved, they should have been put in jail and not allowed off. A R4m fine is certainly not enough and this is no 'shock' what a daft heading!

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