In December, the UK government set out its intentions for the next session of parliament in the Queen’s speech.
The briefing notes include proposals in the Health Services Safety Investigations Bill to amend the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, giving English NHS bodies the power to appoint medical examiners, and placing a duty on the Secretary of State to ensure that enough medical examiners are appointed in the healthcare system in England.
This will put medical examiners on a statutory footing in England and Wales (the Coroner and Justice Act already makes provision for health boards in Wales to appoint medical examiners).
For more information, read the medical examiner’s full January update here.
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