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Regional Health Authorities are raising issue over
the storage of forensic bodies at the respective mor-
tuaries of the hospitals and believe that the bodies
should be taken directly from crime scenes straight
to the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
In an interview, North West Regional Health
Authority (NWRHA) chairman Dr Andy Bhagwandass
said if people were murdered and pronounced dead
on the scene it was a forensic issue and the bodies
should be taken directly to the forensic lab for many
"One of the reasons is that you don t want any
external interference and therefore one should try to
limit contact with the deceased and I would think
that the deceased should be taken straight to the
forensic lab for obvious reasons. Also, there will be
storage issues emerging," Bhagwandass said.
He said one way to solve the problem was by trying
to reduce crime.
"For far too long crime has been holding the country
Flashback: July 16, 2015---Police at the murder scene of Brent Luces, in Blitz
Village, Pleasantville. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Take them straight to forensic
Hospital officials at odds over bodies coming to mortuaries...
to ransom and it is time for the Government to under-
stand that crime cannot be solved on immediate
reaction and that there must be a long-term plan
that involves the Almighty and try to get jobs for the
youths and unemployed," Bhagwandass said.
North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA)
CEO Kumar Boodram also shared the same sentiment
and added that police investigators on crime scenes
should know better.
"It is a matter for the police when they go out
there at a crime scene. They should be trained enough
to order the body be removed straight to the forensic
centre. Those bodies should not be coming here at
our mortuaries," Boodram said.
"There are exceptions, though, that if people come
in with gunshot wounds to the hospital and they die
there, well they would be taken to the hospital s mor-
tuary and then to forensic but generally, these bodies
are forensic cases and should be taken straight there,"
A source at the South West Regional Health Author-
ity (SWRHA), who wished not to be identified, said
the issue was a concern and it needed to be addressed
"Sometimes there may not be any space for those
bodies coming in overnight and I find that by right,
those bodies should not be brought to the hospital s
mortuaries," the source said.
When contacted for comment yesterday, the
SWRHA s chief executive officer, Anil Gosine, said
that he is upset over reports of overcrowding and
deplorable issues at the San Fernando General Hospital
and therefore said he wished to give no comment.
Forensic pathologist at the Forensic Science Centre
Dr Valery Alexandrov believes there should be the
implementation of a 24-hour/seven days a week
reception service at the centre to allowance admittance
of forensic bodies after 4 pm and overnight.
He also said that forensic pathologists should be
also allowed to visit the respective crime scenes so
they can be able to carry out thorough investiga-
"This is ridiculous. The whole business of forensic
pathology is that we are detectives of death and we
perform medical legal investigations of death. All
over the world and I have been to 44 countries, there
is one forensic pathologist that are called to crime
scenes where they begin their investigations. Nobody
is following international standards here and that is
why I think that T&T is unique," Alexandrov said.
"Currently, we need at least two more forensic
pathologists, one of which should be going to the
actual crime scenes for we have a lot of complicated
cases here in T&T.
"Sometimes critical evidence can be left out or
not picked up because the police are not trained like
us, we are the investigators of death. At the scene
would be looking for biological evidence that the
police are not really trained for," he added.
"This will also bring an end to the suffering of
grieving families having to wait seven or eight hours
at forensic. If they bring the bodies straight here we
can start our autopsies early in the mornings.
"Often bodies are brought to forensic late and that
causes a great delay," he added.
On another related issue, Alexandrov disclosed
that in 2015 there were about 1,050 autopsies con-
ducted among three pathologists, which he said is
against international standards.
Alexandrov said a pathologist like himself should
be performing at an average of 250 autopsies in a
Several efforts to reach the director at the Forensic
Science Centre Arlette Lewis for comment have
Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon was
also unable to be reached for comment.
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