Background to medical examiners
A national network of medical examiners was recommended by the Shipman, Mid-Staffordshire and Morecambe Bay public inquiries. The College campaigned for their implementation and continues to play a key role in key role in influencing government’s work around implementation of the service.
As the lead medical royal college for medical examiners, the College provides medical examiner training, information on setting up a medical examiner system and advice on how to become a medical examiner.
Timeline to the introduction of Medical examiners
March 2016 - the government's consultation on the introduction of medical examiners opened. The College encouraged members to respond and published a pamphlet, Medical examiners, explaining background to the policy to help respondents.
June 2016 – the College arranged a roundtable with leading representatives of patient groups, charities, local and central government, the coronial and health services invited to discuss the issues, particularly in relation to the practicalities of implementation.
October 2017 - Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, announced that a national system of medical examiners would be introduced from April 2019.
June 2018 – the Government confirmed that a national system of medical examiners would be introduced from April 2019.