The Gauteng Health Department says it will investigate claims that unqualified employees have been conducting postmortems at mortuaries in the area.
Forensic assistants who aren’t qualified to conduct pathologist work have been on strike since early this month. They claim they’ve been doing the work and have not been paid for it.
It is understood that unqualified forensic assistants have been on strike since early this month over salary increment, employees claim that are not paid for the work that they’ve been doing.
According to EWN, the department’s Joe Maila says there is currently no evidence to the claims. “It’s important that we look into this matter, however, there is no evidence so far.”
While Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says it is unfair that unions are holding grieving families to pay off and hopes the forensic assistant strike ends soon.
Nehawu’s Khaya Xaba says the union discussed the offer made by the department.
“This morning we’ll be meeting with the department and our members. We hope an agreement can be reached today.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for an urgent court order against the work stoppage.
reports say Muslim family was successful in its legal bid, forcing the Diepkloof government mortuary in Soweto to release the body of a 28-year-old man and perform an autopsy nearly two weeks after his death.
The DA’s Jack Bloom has called on Gauteng health officials to take tougher steps to deal with the strike at government mortuaries which has left families frustrated and in despair.
“Bodies are piling up, they are putting more than one body in a fridge and I think the Gauteng Health Department needs to get tough.”