The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Charlie Flanagan and the Acting Chief State Pathologist, Dr. Linda Mulligan launched the 2018 Annual Report of the Office of the State Pathologist and the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI) review of the Office of the State Pathologist on Thursday 19 September 2019 in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
In July 2018, in anticipation of the retirements of Professor Cassidy and Dr. Curtis, the Department of Justice and Equality commissioned the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI) to conduct a review of the Office of the State Pathologist. The aim of the review was to identify how the Office could best maintain and develop the high standard of services it has always provided, both now and into the future.
At the launch the Minister thanked the RCPI and members of the review steering group for all their hard work in creating this comprehensive review, In particular, Dr. Marie Staunton, clinical lead on the review, and Máiread Heffron, the project lead.
The review makes a number of recommendations regarding the future operation of the OSP under a number of themes:
- succession planning,
- governance and operational structure,
- research and training,
- access to specialist expertise, and
- mortuary facilities.
A copy of the review is available here: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Review of the Office of the State Pathologist