Corpses lie in hos­pi­tals for up to 2 years

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY ALAN SELBY

BOD­IES are ly­ing in hospi­tal mor­tu­ar­ies for as long as to two years when fam­i­lies fail to claim them or po­lice probe the deaths.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have kept one man’s corpse at Winch­ester Hospi­tal, Hants, since May 2017.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the Sun­day Mir­ror also re­vealed eight bod­ies have been left un­claimed at Manch­ester’s Wythen­shawe Hospi­tal for be­tween six weeks and a year and Mid York­shire Hos­pi­tals have held three corpses for over a year.

The body of one man, who died at 36, has been there for 21 months.

Every year thou­sands of coun­cils ar­range “pau­pers’ fu­ner­als” if the de­ceased’s fam­i­lies can­not be traced or no fu­neral ar­range­ments have been made.

SCENE Winch­ester Hospi­tal

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