Shabana Mahmood MP questions Government action on improving forensic pathology

As part of Shabana's campaign for better death and burial services in Birmingham and nationally, Shabana has demanded answers from the Home Office on the actions that the Government have taken in the last year and half following Professor Hudson’s independent review of forensic pathology, which concluded that the future of forensic pathology services is ‘fragile’.

The Royal College of Pathologists describes the profession as the discipline of pathology concerned with the investigation of deaths where there are medico-legal implications, for example, suspected homicides, death in custody and other complex medico-legal cases.

It is therefore important that the Government takes action to ensure that this essential part of the judicial and coronial systems remains fit for purpose, particularly in light of the recent independent findings.

As such, Shabana has asked the Government to reply to the following questions:

•  What assessment the Department has made of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Hutton review of forensic pathology in England and Wales submitted to the Minister of State for Crime Prevention in March 2015.
•  What actions the Government has taken on the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Hutton review of forensic pathology in England and Wales submitted to the Minister of State for Crime Prevention in March 2015.
•  What other actions, aside from any based on the Hutton review of forensic pathology, the Government has taken to improve forensic pathology services in the UK.

An update will be provided when the Government responds to Shabana's questions.