TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - In response to the government's announcement
regarding a public inquiry into the province's paediatric forensic pathology
system, Dr. Barry McLellan, Chief Coroner for Ontario has reaffirmed his
office's commitment and support for any recommendations to further improve
paediatric death investigation in Ontario.
"I am obviously supportive of the government's announcement to conduct a
public inquiry into the oversight of Ontario's paediatric forensic pathology
system. We will be fully cooperative and provide whatever resources are
required to advance the inquiry. We look forward to any recommendations that
may be made towards improving how paediatric deaths are investigated in
Ontario," says Dr. McLellan.
As the results of the review of criminally suspicious and homicide cases
where Dr. Charles Smith conducted autopsies or provided opinions may be
examined within the public inquiry, it would not be appropriate for Dr.
McLellan to comment on the findings announced on April 19, 2007.
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For further information: Kathy Kerr, Executive Officer, Inquests and
Special Projects, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,