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JHB lab backlog worse for toxicology than blood-alcohol tests, says health dept

It is alleged that a Johannesburg laboratory in Braamfontein, meant to conduct blood tests for alcohol, is in a concerning state.

Some blood samples have reportedly been waiting for 10 years to be tested, creating a major backlog.

The Department of Health's Dr Terence Carter explained that the laboratory conducts both blood-alcohol and toxicology tests and that the 10 year backlog exists for the latter.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

The question of backlogs in blood-alcohol tests has been an issue in the media for many years.

Dr Terence Carter, Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health

The blood-alcohol backlog, up until 2013, has been eliminated.

Dr Terence Carter, Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health

The perception that there is a 10 year backlog for blood-alcohol testing is incorrect.

Dr Terence Carter, Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health

However, the toxicology backlog does go as far back as 10 years.

Dr Terence Carter, Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health

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