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Is there a fee for coroner's report?

I have been asked to provide a written report for the coroner. May I charge a fee?

Yes. The BMA suggests a fee of £48 for a full written clinical report without examination, which is provided at the request of the coroner, and a fee of £24 for an extract from the medical records. The fee for a full report applies whether or not a corner's inquest is held.

The fees are payable under section 24(2) of the Coroners Act 1988 which allows local authorities to make a schedule of fees, allowances and disbursements which may be paid by the coroner. The BMA's forensic medicine committee takes part in the annual negotiations to set these fees.

Dr Christine Dewbury, Wessex LMCs

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