11 Apr 2015

Dunedin pathologists consider job change

10:52 am on 11 April 2015

Four pathologists in Dunedin are considering quitting their contracts for coronial post-mortems because of a lack of income.

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Pathologist (file photo). Photo: AAP / David Crosling

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed the pathologists may withdraw their services at the end of next month.

A ministry spokesperson, Tania Ott, said it had been holding discussions with the pathologists and Southern Community Laboratories since late last year.

Ms Ott said that as well as a lack of pay, the pathologists believed a Dunedin-based service was not sustainable given its volume of work.

The pathologists collectively do about 150 post-mortems a year.

Ms Ott said the work could be done in either Invercargill or Christchurch, or by bringing a pathologist to Dunedin when needed.