- Tyne Tees
A meeting is being held this lunchtime about the future of the coroner's service on Teesside.
Coroner Michael Sheffield has been heavily criticised for having a backlog of up to three hundred inquests at any one time.
Families have to wait on average 44 weeks to find out why their loved ones died - which is much higher than the national average.
Last week, the Chief Constable of Cleveland police, who staff his office, apologised for the pain that has been caused to grieving families.
Jacqui Cheer is going to put in extra staff after Christmas to temporarily clear the backlog.
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