Grieving GP families queue outside mortuaries as pathologists down tools

The stay-away by forensic pathologists across mortuaries in Gauteng has put the brakes on the release of postmortem results and planned funeral services.

The Gauteng Health Department says the backlog is increasing and more than 200 families are currently waiting for the remains of their loved ones to be released.

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Mourning families have anxiously queued outside mortuaries waiting for the release bodies, reports EWN's Mia Lindeque.

Some families have had to postpone funeral services that were planned last week due to the industrial action.

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On Wednesday afternoon, at least seven SANDF health professionals were deployed to help reduce the backlog at various state mortuaries.

More than 200 bodies need to be examined and autopsies need to be done.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

The department hopes that the backlog will be resolved before Friday.

The hardest hit mortuaries are in Germiston and Diepkloof, where families say they have not received any information.

Meanwhile, Nehawu-affiliated pathologists have not lodged a strike notice and claim that autopsies are not part of their job description.

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