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Latest 16 April 2020

Covid 19 deaths

 

Matt Hancock: Report the true death toll from Covid 19

 

Leaked guidance from an NHS hospital trust reveals that doctors are being not required to report Covid 19 as the cause of death for patients. Here’s what the guidance says:

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‘Doctors are asked to use the standard MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death) form to certify death. ‘Pneumonia ‘or ‘community acquired pneumonia’ are acceptable at 1(a) on the MCCD. There is no requirement to write Covid 19 as part of the MCCD. It may be mentioned at 1(b) on the form, should the doctor wish.’

You can read the guidance in full here . We have redacted the name and phone number of the author of the document who is a senior manager in an NHS Trust.

The government’s daily figures for the number of deaths from Covid 19 are based on what is reported on death certificates. If doctors are not required to write Covid 19 anywhere on the death certificate, then we have no way of knowing if those figures are true.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock needs to act to ensure all Covid 19 deaths are recorded and reported properly. He should investigate what advice is being given out to doctors by all hospital trusts.

Will you add your name to the petition and demand that Matt Hancock takes action to ensure all suspected deaths from Covid 19 are recorded?

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