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  1. Content Article
    This report by the National Medical Examiner, Dr Alan Fletcher, summarises the progress made by medical examiner offices in 2021 and outlines areas of focus going forward. It highlights that medical examiners continued to receive positive feedback from bereaved people—many said they appreciated being given the opportunity to have a voice in the processes after a death and knowing any concerns were listened to. It includes information on: The national medical examiner system Implementation Guidance and publications Training Stakeholders Increasing the number of non-coronial deaths scrutinised Feedback received by medical examiners in England and Wales
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    This Good Practice Series published by The Royal College of Pathologists is a topical collection of focused summary documents, designed to be easily read and digested by busy front-line staff. The documents contain links to further reading, guidance and support, and cover the following topics: Supporting people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage Urgent release of a body Learning disability and autism Organ and tissue donation Post-mortem examinations Child deaths Mental health and eating disorders Out-of-hours arrangements
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    Robbie Powell, 10, from Ystradgynlais, Powys, died at Swansea's Morriston Hospital, of Addison's disease in 1990. Four months earlier Addison's disease had been suspected by paediatricians at this hospital, when an ACTH test was ordered but was not carried out. Although Robbie's GPs were informed of the suspicion of Addison's disease, the need for the ACTH test and that Robbie should be immediately admitted back to hospital, if he became unwell, this crucial and lifesaving information was not communicated to Robbie's parents. At the time of Robbie's death, the Swansea Coroner refused the Powells' request for an inquest claiming that the child had died of natural causes. However, the Powells secured a 'Fiat' [Court Order] from the Attorney General in 2000 and an inquest took place in 2004, fourteen years after Robbie died. The verdict was 'natural causes contributed by neglect' confirming that an inquest should have taken place in 1990. Since Robbie's death, his father Will Powell, has mounted a long campaign to get a public inquiry into Robbie's  case.
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    Learning from deaths of people in their care can help providers improve the quality of the care they provide to patients and their families, and identify where they could do more.  A CQC review in December 2016, 'Learning, candour and accountability: a review of the way trusts review and investigate the deaths of patients in England'  found some providers were not giving learning from deaths sufficient priority and so were missing valuable opportunities to identify and make improvements in quality of care. This video from the NHS Improvement national patient safety team is a guide for NHS trusts in England on developing and implementing learning from deaths policies within their organisations. 
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