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Commission raises questions over Northern Ireland's death certificates

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:760
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. Galway

    The system for investigating deaths in Northern Ireland's hospitals has failures, according to a report by the province's Human Rights Commission.

    The report, written by Tony McGleenan, professor of law at the University of Ulster and a practising barrister, criticises the absence of an automatic requirement for an investigation into a death in hospital. “The system of death certification can conceal the presence of individual or systemic errors which have contributed to the death,” the report says.

    A total of 14 462 people died in Northern Ireland …

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