Medical staff refuse to work with pathologist

Two hospitals and a leading city mortuary have refused to work with one of the country’s most senior State pathologists for over two years after unspecified complaints were made by staff.

A number of officials at Cork University Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, Co Meath, and Dublin City mortuary have taken the stance against Khalid Jabbar — one of two assistants to state pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy.

The Department of Justice has declined to provide any details on the matter, while Dr Jabbar has told the department he has done nothing wrong. However, reports in the Mail on Sunday said the stand-off — which began months after he was appointed in 2010 to the near-€200,000 a year post — relates to his behaviour towards colleagues.

In Aug 2010, the mortuary services manager at CUH, Dan Collins, contacted Prof Cassidy to tell her his staff would no longer work with Dr Jabbar due to an “unpleasant event” that took place in July.

A second, separate complaint was made to management at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan later that year.

It is alleged to have related to inter-staff behaviour and was dealt with at local level.

During the same period, the department was contacted by a senior technician at Dublin City morgue, Carl Lyon, via a letter to Dublin City coroner Brian Farrell. It read: “I wish to inform you that I am no longer willing to assist Dr Khalid Jabbar, assistant state pathologist, with autopsies from Dublin City mortuary with immediate effect.”

Dr Jabbar reportedly responded by saying he had done nothing wrong and counter-complained about other workers’ discipline, professionalism and attitude.

The stand-off means that whenever Dr Jabbar is on call and there is a murder or suspicious death, the autopsy cannot be performed at either of the three facilities involved.

Instead, the body must be moved to another location.

The department has declined to clarify the specifics of the stand-off between Dr Jabbar and the facilities.

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