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Post Mortems

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of post mortems done at the request of the coroner in National Health Service hospitals in each year since 1980.

I regret that the exact information requested is not available from the registration of deaths. However, the table shows the available statistics on the number of deaths occurring in National Health Service hospitals certified by coroners following post mortem which can be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Number of deaths occurring in National Health Service hospitals certified by coroners following post mortem England and Wales 1986
Place of deathNumber
National Health Service psychiatric hospitals1,409
Other National Health Service hospitals and institutions for the care of the sick55,752
TOTAL57,161

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the cost in (a) fees to consultants and (b) payments to health boards for post mortems done at the request of the coroner in National Health Service hospitals for each year since 1980.