- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s chief medical examiner expects his office to lose its national accreditation in January because staffing levels are too low.

Dr. James Gill disclosed Wednesday that his office has been notified by the National Association of Medical Examiners that it is violating accreditation standards.

The association told Gill that the seven forensic pathologists in his office are each performing more than 325 autopsies a year - the limit set by the association’s accreditation standards. The association also says the office appears to have an insufficient number of death investigators and clerical staff.

Gill previously has warned about the risk of losing accreditation because his staff is overwhelmed due to budget cuts and an increasing number of autopsies. He says the understaffing is putting his office at risk of making mistakes.

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