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Medical Examiners

Medical Examiners undertake the three stage scrutiny process on all deaths not reported directly to a Coroner.

Through a proportionate scrutiny of the clinical notes, discussions with the Qualified Attending Practitioner, on behalf of the clinical team that treated the patent before death, and discussions with the bereaved, they verify clinical information on Medical Certificates of Cause of Death and ensure that referrals are made to the Coroner or to the appropriate care organisation for further investigation where appropriate.

The Medical Examiner may delegate authority to Medical Examiner Officers to liaise with clinical teams and the bereaved as part of the scrutiny process, but they remain accountable for completion of the necessary steps required for compliance with all legislation related to death certification and allied processes.