MPS forensic medical examiner costs

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 21st May 2015 the Commissioner told the Assembly that annually fourteen forensic medical examiners (FME) cost £6 million.  Is this value for money?


Answer for MPS forensic medical examiner costs
MPS forensic medical examiner costs

MPS forensic medical examiner costs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The expertise of Forensic Medical Examiners (FME’s) is required to review detainees with complex medical problems, prescribe medication or provides an opinion in support of the Custody Nurse Practitioners (CNP’s), and review victims and police officers or staff.

The provision and responsibility of healthcare in custody is changing: Section 15 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 enables the Secretary of State to direct the NHS Commissioning Board to commission health care services in custodial settings and work is being progressed to move towards the transfer of commissioning of police custody health care across the MPS, BTP and City of London police. This work supports safer detention, effective investigation and enhanced opportunities to develop integrated care pathways to provide continuity of care to support reduction in re-offending.

In 2014/15 the number of detainees who were seen by healthcare professionals was 92,000. In terms of value for money MPS cost per detainee is in the region of £108 which compares favourably with a national average healthcare cost per detainee ranging from £160-£250.

This answer was received on 21/09/15.