A national network of medical examiners was recommended by the Shipman, Mid-Staffordshire and Morecambe Bay public inquiries and the College has long campaigned for their implementation. In March 2016 the Secretary of State announced a consultation for their introduction from April 2018.
The College has published guidance to help respondants and a pamphlet Medical examiners, explaining background to the policy.
The College is encouraging members to respond to the government's consultation on the introduction of medical examiners
The Royal College of Pathologists statement - Morecambe Bay Investigation Report
Key recommendations from the report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust that could pick up poor care in the NHS are still not in place two years on says The Royal College of Pathologists.
Fifteen years on from the sentencing of Harold Shipman, The Royal College of Pathologists is calling for the implementation of much-needed reform to death certification.
The College welcomes the Secretary of State’s announcement that from April 2018 medical examiners will independently review all deaths that have not been referred to the coroner.