KZN Health MEC fills in for striking mortuary staff

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KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has cleared his schedule‚ is rolling up his sleeves and performing post-mortem examinations following ‘disruptions’ at the Park Rynie morgue‚ where staff are staying away from work.

The Times quotes Health Department spokesperson Desmond Motha as saying that the MEC’s intervention would ensure that all bodies that require burial would be examined by the weekend.

“This follows the disruption of services at Park Rynie Mortuary where the bulk of the staff have not reported for duty claiming to be sick‚” he said. “MEC Dhlomo is a forensic pathology practitioner by profession and has cancelled all his scheduled duties to partake in the performance of post-mortems on bodies that need to be released‚” Motha said.

“We have now transferred all the bodies from the Park Rynie facility to Port Shepstone Mortuary where eight post-mortems will be performed today and the rest in the coming days‚” he added.

The Times report

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