Board meets Justice Minister over review of coroner services


A delegation from the Board of Deputies has met Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage to discuss coroner services.

The meeting was part of an eight-week review into how the system has fared since a chief coroner was appointed in 2013, including whether services now better meet faith requirements.

Both the Jewish and Muslim communities have raised concerns over delays in releasing bodies and invasive autopsies.

Board president Jonathan Arkush said that while “the government clearly understands the concerns of the Jewish community,” he was not yet satisfied with the provision.

“The service is patchy. We will do everything we can to support the government’s efforts to make the coroner system everywhere smarter.”

Professor David Katz, chairman of the UK Jewish Medical Association, reportedly emphasised the need for a comprehensive out-of-hours service to ensure that deceased community members can be buried quickly.

The professor, who is the Board’s medical advisor, also asked that minimally invasive autopsies be more widely available.

In July, a High Court judge backed the religious right of Jews and Muslims to ask for a post-mortem to be carried out by scan rather than cutting up open the body.

The consultation will close on December 31.

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