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Letters Chief coroner’s guidance on covid-19 deaths

Chief coroner’s guidance on covid-19 deaths: workers outside the NHS are also vulnerable to risk

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 02 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2179
  1. Andrew E Watterson, professor
  1. Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group, Public Health and Population Health Research Group, Faculty of Health, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
  1. aew1{at}

The BMJ rightly questioned the decision that coroners need not investigate NHS England personal protective equipment (PPE) failures in staff deaths from covid-19.1 This rings alarm bells for workers beyond the NHS who may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 without appropriate PPE. The medical press will hopefully speak up for these often very vulnerable workers.

SARS-CoV-2 occupational hazards in the UK emerged for many workers beyond health and social care …

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