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Doctors warned on death certificates

20 December 2012

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has advised that doctors take extra care when completing death certificates in order to avoid problems and complaints further down the line.


This follows recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which demonstrated that up to a quarter of death certificates completed in England and Wales could potentially be inaccurate.


From April 2014, New medical examiners will be introduced in England and Wales. These examiners are medically qualified government officers whose duty it is to investigate deaths, and their introduction follows successful pilot schemes in Sheffield and other parts of the country.


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