Forensics only required in violent deaths
The Public Health Ministry and the Attorney General office have announced that from now on the ban on releasing bodies to family members after 6pm will be lifted so that when someone dies in a hospital or their body arrives by air, whatever time it is, the families do not have to wait until the following day to claim the body.
In the same way, if someone dies at home and there is no evidence of violence or foul play, there is no longer any need to wait for a medical examiner as the family doctor or any other doctor can declare the death and issue a death certificate.
Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino and Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito announced the decisions yesterday, Tuesday 23 February 2016.
Also, medical examiners working in hospitals as part of the judicial system will have their hours changed so that people can take the deceased persons home both day and night.
One final point was that now the National Institute of Forensic Pathology would no longer carry out legally required autopsies, as they will pass into the hands of the National Institute of Forensic Science (INACIF).
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Feb 24, 2016
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