SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A shortage of forensic pathologists at San Francisco’s medical examiner’s office is leading to long delays in the release of death certificates with a cause of death.
City data shows more than three-quarters of all pending cases have been awaiting a cause of death for more than three months, violating standards set by the National Association of Medical Examiners.READ MORE: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Permanent Non-Citizen Voting In Board of Education Elections
The San Francisco Chronicle reports short staffing and slow turnaround times led the association to downgrade the accreditation this year of the medical examiner office.READ MORE: San Francisco Ordinance Could Provide Easier Access To Paid Time Off For Domestic Workers
The office is supposed to have four forensic pathologists to perform autopsies and determine a cause of death, but it currently only has one permanent and one temporary pathologist.
Chief Medical Examiner Amy Hart says her office is working to improve staffing and turnaround times.MORE NEWS: Bronze Huey Newton Bust Unveiled In West Oakland Birthplace Of Black Panthers
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