From April 2019, a national system of medical examiners will be introduced to provide much-needed support for bereaved families and to improve patient safety. The College is the lead medical royal college for medical examiners and continues to play a key role in influencing the government’s work around their introduction.
Medical examiners will be employed in the NHS system, with a separate professional line of accountability, allowing for access to information in the sensitive and urgent timescales surrounding death registration – but with independence necessary for the credibility of the scrutiny process. This independence will be overseen by a National Medical Examiner, providing leadership to the system.
What are medical examiners? Medical examiners will be part of a national network of specifically trained independent senior doctors (from any specialty). Overseen by a National Medical Examiner, they will scrutinise all deaths that do not fall under the coroner’s jurisdiction across a local area.