Role of police surgeons is changing

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.911a (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:911
  1. Hugh De La Haye Davies,
  2. Margaret M Stark
  1. President, Association of Police Surgeons 18a Mount Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1BX
  2. Chairperson, education and research subcommittee, Association of Police Surgeons 20 Sandy Lane, Cheam, Surrey SM2 7NR

    EDITOR,—Graham Moon and colleagues highlight the importance of the further development of Britain's police surgeon service.1 The work of the forensic physician (this is now the preferred term for a doctor providing medical care and forensic assessment of detainees in police stations) has changed dramatically over recent years. Since the introduction of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 the traditional role of a doctor (attending the police station to take blood in drink-drive cases) has …

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