Families gain new rights to appeal coronial decisions with appointment of Chief Coroner

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The Chief coroner's powers were to include the power to hear appeals against Coroner's decisions, for instance on whether an Inquest should be held in the first place, impose training requirements and generally improve consistency of coronial services. 

Also, very importantly, the Chief Coroner would have a particular power to monitor investigations into service deaths, and speed up the inquest process. 

However after widespread pressure from organisations such as the Royal British Legion, Inquest, Mind, Mencap and AvMA, a decision has been made to keep the post and appoint a Chief Coroner. The BBC reported last night that the Government agreed to the change to avoid their flagship Public Bodies Bill, which also deals with abolishing various quangos and public bodies as part of wide ranging government cuts, being defeated in the Lords at its reading today.

As a result of this the Coronial system in England and Wales will now have a single figure responsible for the coroner system.

Our Clinical Negligence team, frequently represents clients at inquests, and have worked with AvMA in providing pro bono representation through their Inquest Project, which provides advocacy at medical Inquests.  Having supported AvMA and Inquest's campaign to prevent the post being abolished she  says that now the government has made the decision to retain the post of Chief Coroner, the government needs to proceed with all speed to appoint someone to post, so that a start can be made to reforming the coronial system.

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