A forensic pathologist is expected to report for duty today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James so that the backlog of bodies there is cleared.
Guardian Media understands that there have been no autopsies conducted since last week due to alleged contractual issues with the pathologists currently on staff.
However, Minister of National Security Stuart Young said yesterday he was only apprised of the situation on Wednesday and moved immediately to sign a document for a pathologist to be hired immediately. Speaking during yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, Young said he expected the situation to be resolved within the next 24 hours starting from yesterday and subsequently extended an apology to families who are currently inconvenienced.
Families of murder victims, drownings, accidents and other cases suspected of unnatural causes of deaths are the ones affected.
Young also disclosed that he has already had talks with officials from the United Nations Development Programme in locating a forensic pathologist from “around the world.” —Rhondor Dowlat