SAHRC confirms receipt of KZN Health’s response on oncology crisis

MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has been heavily criticised after the commission found that he violated cancer patients’ rights to dignity.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received a response from the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department detailing how it will implement recommendations on how to resolve the oncology crisis in the province.

MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has been heavily criticised after the commission found that he violated cancer patients’ rights to dignity.

Those needing radiotherapy have been unable to access treatment from the hospitals, with reports that some have had to wait at least five months due to broken equipment or the unavailability of an oncologist.

The commission immediately ordered the provincial Health Department to repair the machines and put a plan in place to deal with the backlog of patients.

Spokesperson Gail Smith said: “They have responded to the first deadline. We’re considering their response and we will decide on appropriate action going forward. They have a second deadline relating to the state of oncology in the province which as a direct impact on patients who are waiting for treatment.”

Source: EWN

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