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Full time forensic pathology service needs to be established

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1183
  1. Christopher Milroy, professor of forensic pathology (,
  2. Bill Hunt, (retired) president, British Association in Forensic Medicine
  1. Department of Forensic Pathology, University of Sheffield, The Medico-Legal Centre, Sheffield S3 7ES
  2. Barronhall, St Monans, Fife KY10 2AY

    EDITOR—The investigation of deaths in England and Wales has not been attracting positive headlines recently. Events surrounding Alan Shipman, Alder Hey, Bristol, and the Marchioness incident have all put a question mark over the processes of investigation and have prompted various inquiries, including consideration of the role of coroners.

    Currently, coroners may be medical practitioners or lawyers of at least five years' standing.1 Many work part time, with small jurisdictions. Despite this, if a complex death or …

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