reportable death

reportable death

A death which must by British law be reported to the coroner or, in Scotland, to the Procurator Fiscal.

Reportable deaths
• The deceased has not been treated by a doctor during their illness;
• The doctor attending the deceased did not see him or her within 14 days before he or she died, or after death;
• The death occurred during an operation or before recovery from the effect of an anaesthetic;
• The death was sudden and unexplained or by suspicious circumstances;
• The death may be due to an industrial injury or disease, or to accident, violence, neglect or abortion, or to any kind of poisoning;
• The death occurred in police custody or in prison.

If after postmortem examination the death was deemed unnatural, then an inquest will be held.
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To counter the challenge of a possible increase in the number of reportable deaths and the expected burden to the investigative and medico-legal services, the law should provide in reported cases for the state forensic pathologist or inquest magistrate to have the discretion, in consultation with relevant medical specialist experts as required, to consider whether further medico-legal investigation is required.
T]he coroner's court only had jurisdiction over reportable deaths and since there was no birth there was no death.