First steps towards stricter death certification come into force in England and Wales

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c662
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The first substantial reform to the coroners’ system in England and Wales since 1887 comes into force this week, creating a national framework for investigating and certifying deaths in the wake of the Shipman scandal.

    The reforms build on proposals from an independent review of the coroners’ service in 2003 and follow the inquiry into the activities of general practitioner Harold Shipman, Britain’s most prolific serial killer. He is thought to have murdered more than 200 of his patients over 23 years, thanks in part to a …

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