DAUK in The Week:Coroners Inquests into NHS Deaths must be comprehensive

Rinesh Parmar, the chair of the Doctors Association UK, has expressed concern. He said: “The provision of PPE is so vital to the safety of health workers that to suggest coroners do not consider its supply in detail misses a big part of the picture.”

He added: “Only comprehensive inquests into the deaths of every NHS and care worker will give the bereaved the ability to ask questions and have the circumstances of their loved ones’ deaths fully explained.”


DAUK writes to Chief Coroner with concerns over guidance on healthcare worker inquests

The Doctors’ Association are the first to write to the Chief Coroner today about the guidance he published on 28th April 2020 into the investigation of healthcare worker COVID-19 deaths. We felt that the guidance sought to limit the opening of inquests into deaths caused by coronavirus and also the scope of those inquests that are opened. It is alarming that the guidance suggests that most deaths of healthcare workers caused by COVID-19 should not receive any investigation at all.