Health Legal Update — December 2013

This must have been one of the most challenging years ever with a multiplicity of new organisations and conflicts of interest emerging, tenders for services on the increase and budgets ever restricted. The articles and insight in this update are intended to assist you with all these challenges.

In the first article, ‘To disclose or not disclose? What to do when faced with an inquest’, Mills & Reeve looks at how the duty to disclose relevant documentation to a coroner has expanded and considers the impact on how you handle inquest preparation as a result. In ‘Preventing future deaths… The coroner has their eye on you!’, the firm looks at the new duty (as opposed to the old power) on coroners to produce ‘reports on action to prevent future deaths’ in cases where they have concerns that circumstances exist that create a risk of further deaths occurring. Finally, ‘Supreme Court gives first judgment relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005’ examines the case of David James, which raised significant questions about the best interests of a patient in relation to the end-of-life care…

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