Post-mortems

Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of George Galloway George Galloway Respect, Bradford West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to ensure that body scanners are available for the post mortem of the bodies of Muslims and people of other religions where there is a religious obligation to seek to preserve the integrity of the body.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

A joint working party (consisting of the Ministry of Justice and experts in autopsy and post mortem imaging under the chairmanship of Professor Erika Denton, National Clinical Director for Imaging) is considering current practice and the potential for extending the use of imaging in the coronial post mortem process. Two reports are expected to be completed shortly.

The ongoing research ‘Diagnosis of cause of death in adults by post mortem imaging: a validation study’ has identified a number of national health service trusts and independent health care providers that have local agreements to provide access to imaging for use in the coronial post mortem process.

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