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Articles and features 10/05/2019

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

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A procurator fiscal investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths in Scotland, conducts fatal accident inquiries and handles criminal complaints against the police. There are 11 procurator fiscals, each covering a specific geographical location within Scotland, who between them investigate around 14,000 sudden deaths each year

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

Giving evidence at an inquest

Giving evidence at an inquest

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence at an inquest, which is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. Find out what happens and how you can ensure you’re prepared

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08/08/2018

Inquests - Wales

Inquests - Wales

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who died – when, where, how and in what circumstances. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Factsheet 31/08/2016

Inquests - England

Inquests - England

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who died – when, where, how and in what circumstances. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Factsheet 14/07/2015

Reporting deaths to the Coroner - Northern Ireland

Reporting deaths to the Coroner - Northern Ireland

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If a death occurs in a violent or unnatural manner, in custody, or suddenly but without certain cause, a coroner has a duty to enquire into the death. This factsheet sets out the role of a coroner, the reporting process and what will happen once you have reported a death to the coroner.

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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death

Removal of medical equipment after death

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Articles and features 04/01/2014

Collateral damage

Collateral damage

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The sooner you call MPS about an ethical or legal dilemma, the sooner the matter can be resolved. Professor Carol Seymour, Dr Tom Mosedale, Dr Richard Brittain and Sara Williams explore how and why Collateral-damage foundation doctors get into troubleCollateral-damage foundation doctors get into trouble

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