2019 Report details for project: Medical Examiners Programme

Project name: Medical Examiners Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DHSC (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Medical Examiner service will ensure a robust, transparent system of independent scrutiny to the process of death certification - introducing Medical Examiners to provide a system of effective medical scrutiny applicable to all non-coronial deaths.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The Amber/Red status reflects the requirements of implementing the system in the NHS on a non-statutory basis for an interim period until the system can be put on a statutory footing. Agreement in principle has been reached with Wales Gov't, NHS England and NHS Improvement to implement the medical examiner system in England and Wales from April 2019. This agreement will help DHSC to meet its ministerial commitments relating to the implementation date and so the programme team will support the three key delivery partners to work in a coordinated fashion to achieve this milestone.
Start date: 2007-07-24
End date: 2020-09-30
Schedule text: The department remains on course to implement Medical Examiners in the NHS from April 2019.
Baseline: £19.70m
Forecast: £19.70m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £76.10m
WLCost text: Programme costs remain broadly in line with the Impact Assessment accompanying the Government Response to Consultation published in June 2018. The whole life costs of this programme include: 1. on-going funding for two pilot sites that have implemented the medical examiner service for research purposes; 2. a one-off investment of £22m which will be released to help partners prepare for the implementation of medical examiners, covering: • the funding of a new digital system to underpin the functions of medical examiner offices; • costs related to implementation; • remuneration to other Government Departments whose digital systems will be affected by the implementation of the medical examiner service; and • the cost of introducing a new National Medical Examiner role to ensure good governance of the new service. Costs are expressed in line with the project end date 2020/21.
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