Report reveals coronial system failures

A damning Auditor-General report has described Queensland’s coronial system as being under stress, with increased delays and backlogs and inadequate support for grieving families.

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said that despite repeated warnings, Labor were ignoring desperate pleas for increased resources and the need to help the families of victims seeking closure.

“This damning Auditor-General report shows that our coronial system is in crisis,” Mr Janetzki said.

“Excessive delays and a declining clearance rate has caused a growing backlog of coronial investigations.

“No wonder Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has previously dismissed concerns about dodgy practices in the funeral industry when this report highlights a complete lack of leadership.

“Queenslanders deserve better and Labor need to ensure that these recommendations are promptly implemented.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said that issues with forensic pathology were also causing major delays.

“The state coroner raised concerns about forensic pathology services in 2015 but it’s clear those concerns have fallen on deaf ears,” Ms Bates said.

“The damning report also found that limited information is available to coroners due to inconsistent examination practices by coronial nurses.

“The treatment of families of homicide victims isn’t good enough and they deserve a first rate response.

“All these people are seeking is answers about the death of a loved one and the opportunity to find closures.”

Report – https://www.qao.qld.gov.au/reports-parliament/delivering-coronial-services

(Regional Breakdown – page 66.)

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