Health department accepts mortuary officials' demands - health minister

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the department has accepted the demands of officials at government mortuaries, following a strike by members of National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

Earlier this month forensic pathology assistants at certain government mortuaries went on strike, refusing to conduct post-mortems and demanding compensation similar to that of pathologists.

READ: Nehawu says Gauteng Health to blame for mortuary strike and body pile-up

On Monday, I sat in a telephone conference with all the MECs and I put all the demands to them and we all accepted them.

Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister

The demands there were for protective clothing, trauma counselling, danger allowance - because they sometimes get into dangerous areas to retrieve people who have died. We have accepted that. The other demand is that they need some form of training....I don't see why we must deny that.

Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister

The chamber said now they are going to consult their members.

Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister

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