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MPs lambast government for haste in closing down Forensic Science Service

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4210 (Published 01 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4210
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government’s aim to close down the Forensic Science Service for England and Wales by next March threatens to disrupt the criminal justice system and hinder the development of new investigative techniques, says an influential committee of MPs. They also say that the closure will limit the ability to reopen “cold” cases no longer being investigated but that remain unsolved.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee lambasts the government for failing to consult properly on the effects of the move and calls for a stay of execution of at least six months to develop a strategy for private laboratories …

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