GMB’s Dr Hilary warns funeral regulation ‘being torn up’ to cope with coronavirus pandemic | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

GMB’s Dr Hilary warns funeral regulation ‘being torn up’ to cope with coronavirus pandemic | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Good Morning Britain‘s Dr Hilary Jones warned funeral directors have been working without any personal protection equipment (PPE) throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Hilary said funeral sector professionals have had to “tear up” all normal rules and regulation to limit contact. The Government issued a policy restricting funeral attendance to immediate family only to make sure social distancing rules are obeyed.

Dr Hilary also suggested the process of filling in death certificates has also had to be changed to ensure one doctor is able to undersign the certificate, preferably from a remote location.

He said: “The tendency is to console each other, to commiserate, to give each other a hug.

“Clearly, that’s dangerous and has to be discouraged. I know funeral directors also need PPE, they’re not getting it but they are dealing with the consequence of the virus.

“So all the normal rules and regulation are currently having to be torn up.”

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He added: “It usually takes two doctors to sign death certificates and cremation forms.

“That’s currently being revised so that only one doctor can do that and can do that remotely.”

Under normal regulation, two doctors are usually needed to confirm the cause of death of a person to ensure no wrongdoing has taken place.

New legislation introduced to deal with the coronavirus pandemic also scrapped inquests on suspected COVID-19 cases due to the length of jury inquests.

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Tuesday marked the biggest rise in the coronavirus related deaths so far recorded in the UK, up 393 to 1,808.

The latest data shows England accounts for 91 percent of all deaths reported in the UK, with a total of 1,651.

The capital recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths of any city in the UK, with 568 coronavirus sufferers dying in London since the start of the pandemic.

To cope with the growing number of COVID-19 patients, the Government authorised the conversion of the ExCeL centre in London into a 4,000-bed emergency hospital.

Two more Nightingale hospitals are expected to open in Birmingham and Manchester in the coming weeks.



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