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DA welcomes SAHRC report into KZN oncology crisis

The report found that the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has been violating the rights of cancer patients.

FILE: The SA Human Rights Commission found that the KZN Health Department has been violating the rights of cancer patients. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)’s damning report containing findings on the state of health services in KwaZulu-Natal.

The report found that the Provincial Health Department has been violating the rights of cancer patients after it came to light that patients didn’t have access to proper healthcare services.

It also shows that the average waiting period for a patient to be seen by an oncologist is five months whereas those waiting to receive radiotherapy usually wait for eight months.

The opposition party says this period can be likened to a death sentence.

The report has been tabled in Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health to scrutinise.

The DA says it will do everything possible during the process to ensure that justice is served for the gross failures which this report exposes.

DA Shadow Minister of Health Patricia Kopane says, “It is clear, according to the report, that the lack of services to cancer patients in the province has potentially resulted in the deaths of no less than 300 cancer patients.

“So, we cannot allow the people of South Africa to die while there are available resources to be spent on them. The DA will make sure that the recommendations by the SAHRC are fully implemented.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)