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Death Certification

Volume 245: debated on Thursday 20 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to a statement made by Dr. F. J. Waldo, the Southwark coroner, at recent inquest, to the effect that there are thousands of doctors who certify death without seeing the body of the deceased, and that it should be made compulsory that all bodies should be examined; and will he consider the appointment of a departmental committee to consider this subject with the object of introducing legislation which will make it imperative for doctors to see the deceased persons before death certificates are issued?

My attention has not previously been drawn to the statement referred to. This subject was, however, fully discussed during the passage through this House of the Births and Deaths Registration Act of 1926; and I do not see sufficient reason for any further action in present circumstances.

But cannot the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries into the experience of these coroners?