Forensic pathologists back at work and public asked to remain patient

Forensic pathologists in the Western Cape have now also downed tools at the two state mortuaries located in Salt River and Tygerberg.

The strike has resulted in backlog of at least 123 bodies awaiting post-mortem examinations.

Forensic pathology officers went on strike earlier this week, complaining that they are required to perform tasks which are not stipulated in their contracts.

Head of Health in the Western Cape Dr Beth Engelbrecht, says some of the concerns by forensic pathologists officers is that there is no formal qualifications for them.

She says they are working with Universities of Technologies in the province to provide diplomas in forensic pathologists.

She says they have roped in some of the managers to help with the backlog and they've been engaging with the staff to resolve the matter as swiftly as possible.

I must says it was a very good and constructive engagement.

Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at WC Department of Health

We have information that they are back at work today but we will keep on monitoring.

Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at WC Department of Health

Dr Engelbrecht has asked members of the public to allow them space to work through the backlog.

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