From the Editor

The Communications issue

How many times have people asked you what you do for a living? It seems to happen to me every week or so, usually at a dinner party. My answer depends on several things; mostly how much I like the person who asked the question, but also whether I’m tired, irritated or having fun.

Selected article

Health secretary stays the same but NHS challenges mount

During the turbulent election campaign, few would have predicted that the NHS would end up being overseen by the same Health Secretary, Prime Minister and Chancellor.

From the President

Medical examiners, meetings and medals

Since the election, we have resumed lobbying on pathology-related topics, and are about to begin a programme of meetings with MPs and Ministers to ensure that policy makers are well informed and understand the vital role of pathology in health care, particularly in relation to innovation and quality.

Featured article

The future of the Coronial autopsy service

Her Majesty’s Coroners have been in existence since being empowered by Richard the Lionheart in the late 12th century. After Richard was ransomed from the German robber barons along the Danube, the royal purse was bankrupt. The Crown had to raise funds, but the Sheriffs controlled the flow of taxes in each county at that time. The ‘General Eyre’ (an early royal court) of September 1194 was held in the County of Kent, and Article 20 boldly stated, “In every county of the King’s realm shall be ele