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Medical Examiner's Office Working to Cut Case Backlog

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office has been working to crackdown on the backlog of cases and to seek accreditation.

WVVA-TV reports Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health Dr. Rahul Gupta 

  oversees the Charleston office and says they've been addressing policies, procedures and staffing criteria in order to get the department accredited.

In 2015, Gupta added two pathologists to the staff and cut the backlog on autopsies by more than half, from 700 open cases to 300.

Gupta says the office has also taken the backlog of cases more than three months old from 450 to 56.

While accreditation isn't necessary or required, he says accreditation is something he hopes the department will accomplish within the next few years.

The medical examiner's office completed 1,236 autopsies in 2015.

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