Death Certificates

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th September 2010.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Conservative, South Northamptonshire 2:30 pm, 7th September 2010

I thank the Minister for that answer. We have in my constituency of South Northamptonshire the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association headquarters. That is a neuro-degenerative disease with some similarities to motor neurone disease, although the big difference is that I doubt that many Members will have heard of it before now. Many people suffer from it, however, yet it is often not recorded on the death certificate. It is always fatal, giving a life expectancy of about two years. Might the Minister be prepared to review the situation and give some consideration to requiring doctors to put the primary cause of death on the death certificate so that we can properly assess the magnitude of this awful degenerative disease?

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