Joint statement on death certification during the COVID-19 pandemic


The joint statement is from Care Quality Commission, General Medical Council and Healthcare Improvement Scotland

It confirms that doctors must use their own clinical judgement to state the cause of death to the best of their knowledge and belief. There should be no expectation or pressure on doctors to either include or exclude COVID-19 in any part of death certification.

Prompt and accurate death certification is crucial, particularly during this emergency period. All doctors must complete a medical certificate care of death (MCCD) as accurately as possible, citing what they believe to be the most likely cause of death.

To read the full statement, click here.

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