Maricopa County trying to lure forensic pathologists

August 17, 2012

Maricopa County has lost about a third of its forensic pathologists in the last four years. As KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the shortage is a national problem.

The county is trying to lure doctors specializing in forensic pathology to its understaffed medical examiner's office. It plans to offer new hires 80 hours of both vacation and sick time upon hire.

The extra leave will also be given to the nine pathologists now on staff at the ME’s office.

The shortage of pathologists in Maricopa County has created a slowdown in completed autopsies and officials say is frustrating for loved ones looking for answers.

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