Commenting on the news that Essex Coroner’s Service has withdrawn its demand for GPs to verify deaths in person during the pandemic, Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at the Medical Protection Society, said:
“We welcome this decision and feel it is a pragmatic outcome. Coronial investigations are a central pillar of this country’s justice system, yet there are considerable variations between the practices and policies of regional coroner services across the country. The proposed policy in this case, which may have resulted in further risk to doctors and stress for bereaved families, highlights the need for greater consistency. When the Covid-19 crisis subsides, and there is time to reflect, we urge the Government to give careful consideration to how this can be achieved.”
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