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Reform of the coroners' service in England and Wales: policy-making and politics

Pitman, AL; (2012) Reform of the coroners' service in England and Wales: policy-making and politics. The Psychiatrist , 36 (1) pp. 1-5. 10.1192/pb.bp.111.036335. Green open access

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Abstract

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 promised an overhaul of the coroners’ service, introducing much needed efficiencies to benefit people bereaved by suicide and other sudden deaths. Central to these reforms was the introduction of a Chief Coroner to coordinate the system and exercise wider public health responsibilities. The coalition government’s proposal to abolish the Chief Coroner’s office on grounds of cost, ignoring the potential efficiency gains, has delayed implementation of coronial reforms significantly. With this proposal now abandoned, ministers are expected to appoint an independent Chief Coroner in early 2012. This article describes the intended benefits of the reforms for bereaved relatives, coroners’ staff, public sector budgets, and the public health, and explores the reasons behind the delays.

Type: Article
Title: Reform of the coroners' service in England and Wales: policy-making and politics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.111.036335
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.111.036335
Language: English
Additional information: This is an author-produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://bjp.rcpsych.org.
Keywords: coroner reform
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1347505
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