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Impact of the new medical examiner role on patient safety

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5166 (Published 14 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5166

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Death certification reform in England

Re: Impact of the new medical examiner role on patient safety

"The pilot sites were mainly based in hospital care so extending the system to primary care is likely to involve additional and potentially unforeseen problems."

A significant problem not mentioned in this article, is that of delaying burial in cultures where rapid (ideally same day) burial is an important value.

We refer the reader to our rapid response on this topic published last year (https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2668/rr-0) which subsequently appeared as a letter in the print edition.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2019
David Spitzer
GP
Dr Joseph Spitzer, Dr Talia Ezra, Dr Jacob Opat
The Surgery, 62 Cranwich Road, London N16 5JF