Pathologist Shortages Lead To Painful Delays, Threat To Accreditation For LA County
A recent resignation put a spotlight on Los Angeles County’s system of investigating deaths.
The Los Angeles Daily News:
Shortage Of Autopsy Doctors Is A ‘Crisis In Near Future’
The abrupt resignation last month of Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Dr. Mark Fajardo revealed flaws in Los Angeles County’s system of death investigations, through which some 8,500 autopsies are performed each year. Delayed medical examinations, overdue toxicology tests and slow response times were becoming an unacceptable norm, Fajardo said, noting he’d not been given the resources to alleviate many of the strains on the department. (Favot, 4/16)