The draft Coroners Bill aims to make the coroner service more efficient. Andrew Alonzi explains how
The aim of the draft Coroners Bill, published on 12 June 2006, is simple: to modernise the existing coroner system and ensure that it better serves the needs of bereaved people.
The current process of reform began some four months earlier when, on 6 February 2006, the Minister of State for Constitutional Affairs, Harriet Harman MP, outlined proposals to change the present coroner system. So, why is the system in need of change? It is worth taking a few moments to consider the recent developments.
Need for change
In recent years, the coroner and death certification system has been the focus of some scrutiny. Public inquiries into Bristol Royal Infirmary and Alder Hey hospitals, the Marchioness disaster ...