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New death certification process for England and Wales will start in September

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 16 April 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q878
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS trusts and GPs will be required by law to share records of all patients who die from natural causes with their local medical examiner from September, the government has announced.

New legislation, which has been subject to several delays, will formalise changes to the process for certifying all deaths in England and Wales not investigated by a coroner. Due to come into force on 9 September 2024, it is designed to strengthen safeguards, prevent criminal activity, and offer greater protection and support to bereaved families.

Changes to the death certification process were first proposed by the Shipman inquiry in 2005, which established that GP Harold …

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