Colleagues may have heard that the health minister has announced that the statutory introduction of these changes will be delayed until 9 September, to allow “time to prepare for implementation”. This presumably represents a euphemism for “still not ready”. This means the use of the Medical Examiner system by GP practices will not be universal, and the current hybrid process will continue.

Most practices in Sefton have been “on-boarded” by local ME Units, (Southport and Ormskirk and LUFHT) and should continue to refer draft MCCDs and accompanying information about the deceased to the Unit.