Changes in Death Certification in England and Wales
In a years time the process of death certification was supposed to change in England and Wales as announced by Jeremy Hunt back in March 2016
These changes were in response to the Shipman case and will involve the establishment of the Medical Examiner in the Cause of Death as specified in the Corners and Justice Act 2009. But according to the Royal College of Pathologists President Suzy Lishman on 30th March this has been delayed to 2019.
The process of implementation has been a long time coming and there are many issues yet to be resolved. Anything from 400 – 1000 post will be needed most likely part- time and interest will be from across all branches of practice of any doctor more than 5 years post registration and with a licence to practice.
It is not for me to debate the prose and cons of the post, the system or even the methods of implementation but below I link to many of the documents that are relevant. It is my personal view that to attract sufficient numbers of doctors with the right experience there would have to be the right terms and condition of service. How this is to be addressed is a matter being considered I understand, by the BMA.
- Improving the death certification process
- Why the current system needs to change
- The reforms
- How the system will be improved
- Paying for the new system
- The new process
- Testing the reforms
- Professional standards and training
- Medical examiner recruitment
- Background: history of death certification
- Further information
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BMA Library News
Food and Drink no longer allowed in the BMA Library
The BMA library has introduced a ban on all food and drink with immediate effect if only because they “now have a problem with mice”
According to the BMA Library Blog this has been introduced because library users where:-
- not disposing of food leftovers appropriately
- not returning drinking glasses or crockery to the Hastings Room .
- bringing in “cooked and smelly foods”.
Reference Banning food and drink in BMA library March 28, 2017
It is to be clarified whether these rules apply also to the mice!