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Death Certification (MCCD) process

Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2022, 176 views

Death Certification (MCCD) process from 25th March 2022 following expiry of the Coronavirus Act temporary provisions      

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Changes to Death Reporting Requirements

Following the expiry of the Coronavirus Act last month the Acting Senior Coroner for Somerset has issued new guidance on the death certification procedure in the County that will take effect from 2nd May 2022.

The key points are:

The list of reasons for referring a death to the Coroner rather than issuing an MCCD is the same as in the existing Notification of Death Regulations 2019. Do remember that if the death is associated with trauma, accident or injury – however long ago – it must be reported. Falls are included in this category. When the Medical Examiner service is fully up and running it will be possible to discuss some questions with them.

It is essential that the wording you use on the forms is accurate, consistent between documents, and contains no abbreviations. If you offer “Old age” or “frailty of old age” on the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death the Coroner may need supporting data such as a frailty index score, or circumstantial information including whether the deceased was bedbound or taking food and drink.

Although the time limit since last seeing the patient for issuing an MCCD is now 28 days, “seeing” means a formal face to face or video consultation. Saying hello in passing or giving a Covid, flu, or similar immunisation do not count.

We are grateful to Wessex LMCs for the original of the Flow Chart above

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