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Gauteng Health in overdrive to clear forensic backlogs



With thousands of cases dating back to 2007, the province tackles toxicology and histology backlogs, promising swift action.

With more than 17 000 toxicology and more than 7 000 histology cases backlogged as far back as 2007, the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) says the reduction of the backlogs remains a priority.

The GDoH said it is committed to putting measures in place to fast-track addressing toxicology and histology case backlogs within the Gauteng Forensic Pathology Service.

“We are fully aware of the impact the backlogs have on the families of the deceased, who are seeking closure and facing material trauma due to long delays in finalising estates,” said the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Forensic Pathology Service, Thembalethu Mpahlaza.

We also understand that insurance claims are being affected; we are fast-tracking interventions to resolve this issue.”

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