Coroner ser­vice in woe­ful state

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Only 21 of Greece’s 51 re­gions have a coroner ser­vice and just two full-time and 11 fixed­con­tract coroners serve the pub­lic health sys­tem (ESY), Greek Coroners’ As­so­ci­a­tion chief Grig­oris Leon warned yes­ter­day.

Leon told Kathimerini that the only is­lands in the Aegean to have au­topsy ser­vices are Sy­ros, Lesvos, Chios and Samos, lead­ing to a huge back­log of un­solved cases and cost­ing fam­i­lies thou­sands of eu­ros to have their loved ones trans­ported to a fa­cil­ity with a coroner. Mean­while, hun­dreds of as­sault and abuse vic­tims across the coun­try are forced to travel to get their in­juries recorded by an ex­pert so they can file crim­i­nal charges against their as­sailants.

Leon fur­ther warns that the sit­u­a­tion is not likely to im­prove any­time soon, given that ESY has not hired a per­ma­nent coroner in at least a decade and this area of ex­per­tise is par­tic­u­larly unattrac­tive to young doctors.

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