Contact: John Ramsdin
University of Huddersfield
Caption: Detailed analysis by ex-Detective Chief Superintendent Max Mclean has shown that there are huge disparities between the decisions made by coroners in differing districts, with the troubling discovery that the deaths of women are considerably less likely to be investigated at an inquest. The result is a "postcode lottery", claims Mr Mclean, who calls for a fully-fledged National Coroners' Service, overseeing a reduced number of districts, headed by fully-professional coroners. This means that he backs an announcement made by the Justice Minister that the coroner system will be reformed, with new national standards drawn up, but feels the reforms could go further. His statistical analysis -- now the subject of two academic articles -- will reinforce this process.
Credit: University of Huddersfield
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