Caring Times, December 2013
Specialist social care lawyer Peter Grose has warned that number of important changes have come effect which affect the way that coroner’s investigations and Inquests are carried out.
These include the introduction of a new Coroner’s Act, a new set of Coroner’s Rules and two new sets of regulations which include a number of changes to the previous system.
“Care providers should always approach Inquests with caution because the determination (previously called a verdict) could have a detrimental effect on a provider’s business if the Coroner finds that there was any sort of neglect involved,” said Mr Grose of Lester Aldridge Solicitors.
“Inquests, particularly those held with a jury, can also attract media attention which can be damaging to a care business. It is important that providers understand how the new Inquest process works and appreciate the potentially serious repercussions of an Inquest.”