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City considers privatizing medical examiner office

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Updated: 12/04/2013 7:50 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The city is reviewing reports on whether to privatize the Medical Examiner's Office.

What happens inside the Medical Examiner's Office is under scrutiny. At the head of it is Dr. Valerie Rao.

We first told you months ago about employee complaints and unsanitary working conditions. Now months later, a source directed conducted by another medical examiner in the state. The city asked him to look closely at how our area's office is operating.

One idea is privatizing the office. That was only recommended if the governor does not reappoint the current medical examiner.

Rao has not been named yet to continue as the head doctor in the district. The report criticized how she's run the office. It noted things like excessive spending on items like autopsy saws.

The office gets 2.5 million taxpayer dollars and this report said it can go a long way with the right person in charge.

The goal is to find the most effective way to run the office," said city of Jacksonville spokesman David DeCamp.

A decision has not been made on the medical examiner. Several applicants are being considered. There is no timetable on when the governor could appoint a medical examiner.

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Realchange - 12/4/2013 7:24 PM
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Privatizing is an example of further government corruption. Say a hospital or other corporation kills your loved one. They can afford to pay for the autopsy where as your family cannot in few years you will notice a trend where the medical examiner always finds for the hospital or corporation. Sort of like what the Supreme Court is doing for businesses lately only going after business that supposedly discriminate against gays and denying all other lawsuits for discrimination. Another example would be the corruption that exists now between prosecutors and police. Not charging police when their negligence or criminal conduct breaks the law.
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