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Epilepsy: Death

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has monitored progress on the commitments to improve the investigation of epilepsy-related death and the support to bereaved families made by the Department of Health’s Action Plan 2003 in response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical audit of epilepsy-related deaths in 2002; (198762)

(2) whether his Department has monitored epilepsy-related death since the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence national clinical audit of epilepsy-related death 2002.

The Department has not monitored epilepsy-related deaths since the publication if the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical audit.

The Department has not monitored progress on the commitments to improve the investigation of epilepsy-related death and the support provided to bereaved families made in the Department’s Action Plan 2003.

In 2006, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (NCEPOD) reported on the conduct of coronial autopsy and made specific recommendations on deaths suspected to be related to epilepsy. They also published a self assessment checklist for trusts allowing them to check their progress in adopting NCEPOD’s recommendations.