This book will provide nurses, other registered health professionals, managers and patient groups with essential information about the laws which apply to death. Using straightforward language, it guides the reader through a complex area of law, and provides a helpful reference work for critical occasions in their working lives. It will introduce them to the basic principles that apply and the sources of law, so that they can add to their knowledge through further reading of books and websites. The book covers a wide range of topics from the details of how a body should be laid out and the different religious practices, to the laws relating to resuscitation, the coroner's court and intended changes following the Shipman Reports. Each chapter uses a scenario to illustrate the relevant laws so that they can be explained in a clear, practical, jargon-free way.
Bridgit Dimond MA, LLB, DSA, AHSM, Barrister-at-Law is Emeritus Professor of the University of Glamorgan. She was formerly Assistant Director and Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies at the Univerity of Glamorgan. She is experiences as a health service manager, and as a lecturer in healyth service law and management. She is a non-executive director of Bro Taf Health Authority and of SHAW homes. She is well known for her writings on all aspects of the law relating to health care.
Definition Registration and certification: - recommendations following Shipman Inquiry Disposal of body: - Burial/cremation - different religions - funeral firms and their functions Still births, miscarriages and disposal of fetus, legal personality rules Post mortems: - consent provisions Procedures on death of patient Verification of death and expanded role Bereavement counselling: - relatives and staff; duty of care and stress Euthanasia Living Wills Property Next of kin - definitions and powers Ordinary wills - Wills Act and rules on execution and challenging wills Property of the deceased Coroner's jurisdiction - Reporting - Statements - Evidence and witnessing - Inquests Reforms recommended by Shipman Inquiry and Review of Coroner's office Murder, manslaughter, suicide, offences v person Taking off life support/ artificial feeding etc PVS cases Resuscitation and NFR or DNAR instructions Transplants and dead donors Human Tissue - Deceased's body - Removal, retention and storage of organs and tissue Legal action following a death - Fatal Accidents Act - Law reform Miscellaneous Provisions Act - Accountability of those responsible for death - gross negligence - Human rights and death - right to life (Art.2) - private and family life (Art. 8) - Health and safety laws and reporting Continuation of legal action after death - time limits Privacy, defamation and the deceased Records, statements and giving evidence following death Records of deceased - release - access to - confidentiality - storage and retention times Death and research