RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos says North Carolina’s system for investigating suspicious deaths has been “chronically understaffed and underfunded.”
The Charlotte Observer reported Wos offered her assessment to a legislative panel Monday.
The committee, which oversees the state agency, is examining ways the state can improve a medical examiner system that Wos said has been “ignored and diminished.” It follows a series by the Observer that found medical examiners fail to examine bodies in one out of every nine cases, breaking state law.
Wos said the department has stabilized the regional system that was at risk of falling part, and they have aggressively pushed for hiring flexibility to fill key pathologist positions that were long left vacant. She also says caseloads have been significantly reduced.
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