New Philadelphia CME takes control of much-criticized department

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new medical examiner takes charge of the Philadelphia department which has come under heavy criticism for a number of issues, including the mishandling of the remains of members of the MOVE organization. The new medical examiner acknowledges that the department has problems which she says are mostly related to understaffing.

This is the first video inside the new medical examiner’s office. It was provided by the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Constance DiAngelo is the new Chief Medical Examiner. She says her first priority will be to get the department accredited, which is not currently the case.

She says this is mainly the result of a lack of staff. She wants to hire about 20 new people and will ask for an additional $1.5 million.

CBS3 asked her about the criticism the department has received.

She tells us that MOVE’s mishandling of leftovers has been tragic, and she’s working to fix that. She adds that such mistakes will not happen again, because with the accreditation she is working on, there will be better checks and balances.

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