Tomás Sharkey Calls For Post-Mortems At Weekends

Tomas Sharkey PhotoCouncillor Tomás Sharkey is calling for post-mortem  examinations to be carried out in local hospitals at the weekends.

Cllr Sharkey said, “When the laboratory service in Louth County hospital closed the post-mortem work was also moved to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. As a rule post-mortems are not carried out in that hospital over the weekend unless the state pathologist requests it.

“In recent times I am aware that a number of tragic deaths took place on a Friday night / early Saturday. This meant that post-mortems were not carried out until the following Monday morning and the families involved were delayed in receiving the remains home for a wake and funeral.

“This arrangement can cause stress and additional grief for families. It is not fair and should be addressed by HSE management. I have called for a review of the arrangements and expect that the merits of the request be taken on board”.