Chapter 3
Problems with the current system


3.36We have concluded that there is significant room for improvement in the death certification system. The highest priority, and the area in which the greatest gains can be made, is to rationalise the various forms that are completed after death. The current problems with these forms are contributing to errors in data recording and an overall frustration with the system by the people entrusted to provide this information.

3.37However, other improvements are also required. Training for certifying doctors and auditing the system’s outputs would both contribute to higher standards of reporting. In order to achieve improvements in those areas that are sustainable over time, there is also a need for clear direction as to which central government agency is responsible for this system.

3.38In the following chapters we outline a number of proposals to achieve these improvements. The objectives of the reforms are to: