The cost of forensics


It was hard to make the Forensic Science Service work financially. Accreditation is one of the unhelpful costs that has destroyed the service:

“But many question whether the police or the politicians fully understand the hidden costs. Denise Syndercombe Court, a forensic haematologist at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry said: ‘To get the necessary certificate for my laboratory cost me £12,000 and police will have to pay considerably more than me because my unit is tiny. The maintenance of these laboratories and accreditation will cost a lot of money and the police will want more money for this.’”

Though hardly the foremost issue, is accreditation one of the factors on the death certificate of the Service?

Read more background here.

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