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SAHRC Receives Response from the MEC of Health, Kwa-Zulu Natal, on Oncology Report

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 3 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission can confirm that it has received a response from the MEC of Health for Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, in response to the SAHRC’s investigative report on the state of oncology and health rights in KZN.
The Commission is studying the MEC’s report in detail and will revert with appropriate actions to be taken.

The Commission welcomes the KZN MEC’s response, received on Friday, 30 June 2017, and notes the KZN Health Department’s compliance with the first deadline for response.

However, the Commission remains extremely concerned about the oncology patients at Addington Hospital as well as the patients at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALC Hospital) who are still awaiting radiotherapy treatment – some of whom have been waiting for up to 7 months.  

As such, the Commission awaits the additional information requested from the MEC, which is due on or before 28 July 2017, namely 30 days after the release of the SAHRC’s investigtive report.

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