Motsoaledi writes to ombuds over unqualified staff performing post-mortems

Employees affiliated to Nehawu have been on strike, claiming they have been conducting autopsies without being compensated.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he has written to the health ombudsman to request an investigation into allegations that some mortuary workers have been conducting post-mortems even though they are not trained to do so.

Employees affiliated to National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) have been on strike, claiming they have been conducting autopsies without being compensated.

The strike has caused a backlog resulting in families having to wait for the bodies of their loved ones.

Motsoaledi says he's concerned about claims that unqualified people have been conducting post-mortems.

Spokesperson Joe Maila said: “I can confirm that indeed Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health, has already written to the health ombudsperson to investigate allegations that there are people who are unqualified in our pathology services who are performing post-mortems. We think that these are very serious allegations and we need to do right in the form of an investigation.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)