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There is a shortage of Forensic Medical Examiners (FME), formerly known as Police Surgeons who have traditionally been called by Police to examine individuals in custody, They will assess people who may have physical or mental health issues and decide if they are fit to be detained, fit to be interviewed or need hospitalisation. Currently a large number of Doctors from Locum agencies work as de facto FME's and lack the rigorous training required. But there is also a major shortage throughout the UK of Doctors available to attend to those in Police Custody - it is not a speciality that young Doctors know much about or will consider as a career option. The hours are very antisocial and the work carrries much legal responsibility.
The rate of conviction for rape is about 58% but there is great concern that these represent only 6% of the total number of rapes reported to the Police. Many cases never get as far as a court hearing because the alleged victim cannot put themselves through the ordeal of a trial.
Women Against Rape an organisation whose raison d'etre is to support alleged victims of rape or secual assault say they "have issues with the quality of evidence, and in some cases no evidence being presented at all. Also, the lack of training and experience means that FME's are exposed and vulnerable to Defence barristers when in court".
The Gold Standard nowadays is the skill, training, knowledge and experience of Sexual Assault Examiners in Sexual Referral Centres. The examiner may be a highly trained and experienced Nurse or a Doctor specialising in Forensic examinations. But there are few such centres in the UK.
I know the poll is a bit unusual but it is just for interest sake.