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Centres of excellence are needed for clinical forensic medicine

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:650
  1. John Gall (, consultant forensic physician
  1. Australian Forensic and Medico-Legal Consultants, Cambwell 3124, Victoria, Australia

    EDITOR—In their editorial Norfolk and Stark express concern about the privatisation of clinical forensic medical services.1 Certainly, if this is poorly implemented without suitable safeguards, particularly for the doctors, it can greatly reduce the quality and independence of the medical service to the detriment of all concerned. On the other hand, privatisation can be beneficial.

    Irrespective of how clinical forensic medical services are provided, procedures must be in place to ensure the competence and …

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