Medical Examiner

General Guidance

A new medical examiner system is being rolled out across England and Wales to provide greater scrutiny of deaths.

The stated purpose of the Medical Examiner system is to:

  • provide greater safeguards for the public by ensuring proper scrutiny of all non-coronial deaths
  • ensure the appropriate direction of deaths to the coroner
  • provide a better service for the bereaved and an opportunity for them to raise any concerns to a doctor not involved in the care of the deceased
  • improve the quality of death certification
  • improve the quality of mortality data.

The involvement of the Medical Examiner should not cause a significant delay to registration, unless the deceased is referred to the coroner as a result.

The Medical Examiner till try to complete the ME scrutiny within three days of being notified of the death.

There is no cost for the Medical Examiner’s involvement.

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