ePetition details

Introduce digital autopsy facilities in Coventry

We the undersigned petition the Council to support families who suffer a sudden and tragic loss of a loved relative and are put through the process of an invasive autopsy to determine the cause of death. This is a legal requirement and dealt with by the coroner’s office. We call upon Coventry City Council, UHCW NHS Trust and HM Coroners Office to provide Coventry with the appropriate scanner and facilities to carry out digital autopsies.

The Coventry coroner has a very difficult job and the number of cases waiting to be dealt with. Typically there can be 20-25 cases and can take up to 3 weeks for the relevant procedures and investigations to be carried out. Bereaved relatives can be left not knowing what happened to their deceased. This puts further emotional pressure in an already difficult situation.
Many towns and cities such as Leicester, Dudley and Stoke on Trent use MRI/CT scanning to perform a digital autopsy. This helps to relieve the pressure on the Coroner as this speeds up the process and reduces the likelihood of an invasive autopsy to determine the cause of death. Grieving relatives are able to know what happened to their loved one more quickly. They can then make the appropriate funeral arrangements and complete their grieving and mourning.

This ePetition ran from 26/02/2022 to 30/04/2022 and has now finished.

535 people signed this ePetition.