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Five regional forensic medicine centres to be established

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Forensic medicine results are foundations to decide the civil or criminal liability of a person accused of violating the law. Five regional mental forensic medicine centres will be established in the north, central, HCM City and Central Highland and southwest regions. —  Photo chinhphu.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Health announces to establish five regional mental forensic medicine centres in the north, central, HCM City and Central Highland and southwest regions at a ceremony this morning.

The move aims to improve the efficiency of the country's existing forensic medicine system in aiding police investigation and procedural activities. The five centres will conduct forensic tests following requests from civil and criminal procedure organisations and individuals in their management sections.

Mental forensic medicine plays an important role in judicial assessment, especially in determining whether a suspect has a mental disease or not, the kind of disease and how serious it will be. Forensic medicine results are foundations to decide the civil or criminal liability of a person accused of violating the law.

The health ministry said the country currently had 22 mental forensic centres. However, most of them are located inside provincial general hospitals or mental hospitals due short of infrastructure facilities and human resources. In addition, the number of cases requesting forensic tests was very modest, between 10 to 20 cases per year. — VNS

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