Le Lézard
Classified in: Health
Subjects: LBR, AVO

Public inquiry says more autopsies will better protect LTC residents, so why is province cutting forensic pathology in Hamilton?

HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - The spectre of hearses streaming to and from Hamilton, Niagara, Dufferin, Haldimand and Brant to Toronto, challenging Toronto's ability to cope with the rising demand for autopsies and investigations, was raised today by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Logo: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) / Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) (CNW Group/Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE))

"The Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long Term Care Homes System recommended July 31 that many more autopsies be performed on residents who die in long-term care," said Dave Murphy, president of CUPE 7800, which represents staff at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). "This is new information, unknown when the decision to close pathology at HHS was made and it begs the question, 'how can the provincial government now close a forensic pathology service that is already the second busiest service in Ontario?' Surely, in the face of this new and unexpected demand, the government will reconsider."

The strategic plan for Ontario's Death Investigation System (2015 to 2020) articulates the objective of: "Expanded and improved regional service delivery capacity with more cases being managed locally/regionally." The Hamilton hospital pathology unit currently does death investigations, including homicides, pediatric deaths and overdoses. There are three full-time forensic pathologists in Hamilton, in addition to a team that includes recently hired autopsy technicians.

CUPE has urged the health minister to overrule the closure of the forensic pathology unit. Police, crown prosecutors and medical personnel have expressed serious concerns about the impacts and fears of significant delays in autopsies, investigations and trials.

"This is an example of centralization that makes no sense fiscally, environmentally, or in terms of efficient and timely medical investigation. Closing this unit will not save $3 million annually ? it will shift costs and cause significant and costly delays in police investigations and trials. These new costs will be borne by municipalities and by other ministries," says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Union/CUPE."

"The population of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant and Dufferin is large enough to warrant a forensic pathology service," said Murphy. "Northern Ireland, with a smaller population, has many more pathologists and they don't work in London, England."

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

These press releases may also interest you

at 16:00
Latin America (LATAM) Wound Dressing Market (2014-2024) A recent P&S Intelligence study has estimated the 2024 value of the Latin America (LATAM) wound dressing market to be $400.9 million. The key drivers of the domain's growth are rising...

at 16:00
A January 15 article on Business Insider discusses a reported growing interest in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures among men working in the high-tech field in Northern California's Silicon Valley. The article notes that, while women have long...

at 15:47
The Texas Orthobiologic Institute today announced a new clinical study evaluating three nonsurgical treatment protocols for minimizing pain and dysfunction for patients with knee arthritis. The study is called the HYP study and will evaluate...

at 15:45
The Chief Public Health Officer and Government of Canada officials will hold a media availability to provide information on a novel coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV). While currently there are no reports of cases in Canada of this novel...

at 15:31
Imperial Tobacco Canada is kicking-off National Non-Smoking Week with a call to provincial and federal governments to regulate vapour products based on facts, not fear. This call for science and evidence-based regulation comes following months of...

at 15:20
The infertility treatment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period 2018?2024. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05839999/?utm_source=PRN The growing prevalence of infertility among men and women is...

News published on 21 august 2019 at 07:00 and distributed by: