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Military doctors deployed to assist Gauteng mortuaries

Thousands of Military Doctors have been deployed to assist with the workload in Gauteng Mortuaries as Forensic Pathology strike continues.

Thousands of Military Doctors have been deployed to assist Gauteng Mortuaries.

This comes after Forensic Pathology employees across Gauteng embarked on a strike last week Wednesdays demanding an increment on their earnings.

Grieving Families says the ongoing strike have delayed the burial of their loved ones.

Last week, Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said that the concerns of the forensic pathologists must be addressed in the interest of the affected families, the public, and the law.

According to Provincial pathologists affiliated to Nehawu claim, they have been made to conduct autopsies which fall outside the scope of their job description.

Meanwhile the Gauteng Health Department has issued a statement: “it has met with the forensic pathology officers on Monday and that the department agreed to some demands including counseling and debriefing sessions to be reinstated for use by employees as needed, the implementation of danger allowance for qualifying employees, an audit of critical equipment and protective clothing with immediate effect and relooking at salary scales”.

A number of military officials will be deployed in various facilities in the Province particularly in the most affected areas.

Health MEC has been in talks with the affected families to discuss the plan and try to resolve the problem.