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publicprotectorNews24 reports that the Public Protector SA (PPSA) has launched a new "own-initiative systemic investigation" into conditions at the Phoenix mortuary in Durban.

This follows new revelations of forensic pathology malpractice at the facility. According to a statement by the PPSA, several media reports suggested that staff at the facility lacked basic tools of the trade, supplies and protective equipment. "It has also been alleged that certain medical apparatus are no longer in good working condition, leading to occupational health and safety hazards; and that the intake of bodies is not commensurate with the capacity of fridges, resulting in corpses lying on the floors," PPSA spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said. According to the reports, insiders claimed that the Department of Health had been neglecting staff by failing to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), which forced them to reuse their old gear. They claimed that last week alone, at least 20 bodies had to be placed on the mortuary's floor because the facility was overflowing with bodies. A PPSA investigation report in March 2019 revealed widespread problems at government mortuaries across KwaZulu-Natal, including the Phoenix facility. The PPSA investigation team will request a meeting with the health department and labour unions before visiting the facility to conduct an inspection in loco.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Mthethwa at News24
  • Read too, Corpse crisis at mortuary, at IOL

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