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Sudden Death

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for each regional procurator fiscal jurisdiction (a) the number of pathologists employed, part-time or full-time, on sudden death procedure and (b) the number of police surgeons accredited to deal with sudden death procedures.

Pathologists are not employed by procurators fiscal but are instructed to perform autopsies in individual cases. It is only possible to provide the numbers of pathologists who are regularly instructed by procurators fiscal in each regional fiscaldom and these are as follows:

Glasgow and Strathkelvin10
Grampian, Highlands and islands5
Tayside, Central and Fife3
Lothian and Borders12
South Strathclyde, dumfries and Galloway16
North Strathclyde10
Police surgeons have a variety of duties but may be asked by procurators fiscal to assist them in sudden deaths cases. Figures are only available for the number of police surgeons in each police area rather than in each regional fiscaldom and are as follows:


Dumfries and Galloway1
Lothian and borders10