Local medical examiners expect major delays and a greater potential for mistakes as about 400 autopsy cases are sent from the Greenville office to Raleigh, but an official there said pathologists at the central office will get the job done.
Cases from 22 of the 24 counties served by East Carolina University’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are expected to begin funneling into the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on June 1 when a federal grant expires.
The estimated 400 autopsies a year will add to the office’s already large caseload from 28 counties. Last year, the central office had 1,407 cases, according to Julie Henry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services. The medical examiners system falls under the Division of Public Health, which is part of DHHS.
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