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Inquests and FAIs may be intimidating but they are just fact-finding inquiries, as Dr Beth Durrell explains.
A doctor's responsibility is to certify a deceased patient's cause of death by issuing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD).
If you're ever asked to write a coroner's report, it's important to know what to include.
An introduction to coroners' inquiries and your duties as a doctor.
Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Can I have legal representation at an inquest?
What information should I include when writing a report for the coroner?
When must I report a patient's death to the coroner?
Can I omit the cause of death on a death certificate if it would distress the patient's relatives?
What verdicts can a coroner give?
Must I disclose confidential information to the coroner or procurator fiscal?
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