Cancer surgeon resigns after 17 years in office

Written by Thapelo Magola

Helen Joseph Hospital’s Breast clinic manager professor Carol Benn has stepped down from a position she has held for the past 17 years to pursue a job opportunity in the private sector. Through a media statement, the Gauteng Department of Health and Wellness says the departure of Prof Benn has not affected the provision of quality healthcare service at the facility. Prof Benn terminated her services with the hospital at the end of September 2022 after serving the department for many years. 

“The Department remains grateful for the contribution made by Prof Benn over 17 years in the field and wishes her well in her future endeavours. Her immense contribution as a surgical specialist has contributed in profiling the Helen Joseph Hospital’s clinic as a centre of excellence. Under her watch, the unit provided training to a number of healthcare practitioners who learnt a lot from her, some of whom continue to provide services at the clinic.”

 “The Helen Joseph Hospital’s breast clinic attends to about 500 to 600 patients monthly who present at the facility with different breast related conditions and performs about 20 to 30 surgeries per month.” The statement further indicated that the process of recruiting a suitable candidate to take over from Prof Benn will commence in earnest. In the interim, the facility will be overseen by the hospital’s surgical department. Furthermore, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, different healthcare facilities in the province are on a campaign to create awareness as well as to educate the public about the importance of regular

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