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Important Updates to Death Certification Process

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced significant reforms to the death certification process, set to take effect from 9 September 2024. These changes aim to provide greater transparency and safeguard the public by requiring that all deaths not already investigated by a coroner be reviewed by medical examiners.

"From 9 September 2024 it will become a requirement that all deaths in any health setting that are not referred to the coroner in the first instance are subject to medical examiner scrutiny."

Causes of death to be scrutinised in revamp of death certificates, April 2024

Key Highlights:

  • Increased Scrutiny: Following the revelations from cases such as Harold Shipman and Lucy Letby, the government has decided to implement stricter controls by requiring that all deaths not examined by a coroner be reviewed by medical examiners.
  • Engagement with Bereaved Families: Medical examiners will now involve families or representatives of the deceased in the review process, providing an essential opportunity for any concerns to be raised directly with an independent senior doctor.
  • Commitment to Transparency: These changes are part of the government's commitment to ensuring that death certifications are handled with the utmost integrity and transparency, helping to maintain public trust and support for bereaved families during difficult times.

Relevant Upcoming Conferences

Investigation and Learning from Deaths 

This national conference focuses on improving how NHS Trusts investigate and learn from deaths. It offers a platform to network with colleagues and gain insights into best practices and the latest policies affecting mortality reviews.

Date: Friday, 14th June 2024
Location: Virtual Conference

For more details and to register visit: www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/investigation-learning-deaths-hospital-mortality

The Coroner Role & Preparing for Coroner's Inquest: Learning from Deaths 

This virtual conference focuses on the role of the Coroner, preparing and attending Coroner's Inquests.

Date: Wednesday, 1st May or Friday, 12th July 2024
Location: Virtual Conference 

For more details and to register visit: www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/coroner-role

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