I am writing to update you on new regulations for General Practitioners (GPs) who can issue death certificates.
From April 2023 the GP will need to send the Medical Examiner all information relevant to the death of a patient. This will include consultation notes, medication pages and any other relevant details from the doctor in attendance with regard to the information that is to be entered on the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD).
Upon receipt of the above information a Medical Examiner will review the care provided and confirm they agree with the proposed MCCD entries. Following this the Medical Examiner will contact the practice to clarify the MCCD entries and confirm they have no concerns they wish to raise.
It is only at this point that the doctor can release the death certificate.
In the event the Medical Examiner may need further information from the GP I would ask you to note this may cause some delays in issuing the MCCD.
Please note any potential delay is out of our hands, however, be assured that if you are in this situation, we will continue to do all we can to support you during this time.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you wish to discuss the above in more detail or need support with the process.
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