Mike Overbeke, Head of Public Protection was in attendance for this item.
1) Mr Hill introduced the report and explained it was a requirement to extend the contract until such time as the Digital Autopsy Service was ‘up and running’ as much of the work in future would be undertaken digitally.
2) Mr Overbeke presented the report and advised the Committee that the contract extension was for one year as a digital autopsy facility was to open next year in Kent.
3) Following questions and comments from Members, it was noted:
· A further update was requested regarding the Digital Autopsy Service and Coroners’ accommodation.
· Digital autopsies used CT scanners instead of a more invasive process and it was a digital process. Senior Coroners had said they thought 20-25% would still require the invasive process as a follow up but were satisfied with the efficacy of the digital autopsies.
4) Members agreed to endorse the recommendations outlined in the report.