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Letters Initial response to Mid Staffs report

The government’s response to the Francis report does not mention death certification and inquests

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2736
  1. Peter N Furness, consultant histopathologist1
  1. 1University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK
  1. pnf1{at}

The recent editorial missed one area omitted from the government’s response—death certification and inquests.1

Francis awarded this an entire chapter. He praises the reforms in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and assumes that they will soon be implemented. Is that naive?

The reforms require (amazingly, for the first time) that an independent person asks the bereaved …

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