The Health Service Executive wants to ensure that high quality, person-centred post mortem services are in place in all hospitals which it operates or funds. To this end the HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Post Mortem Examination Services V 1.0 were developed and circulated to health services providers in March 2012.
The Standards and recommended practices were developed following extensive review of relevant literature and consultation with key stakeholders and reflect learning from the following key reports on post mortem practice and procedures:
- Madden Report on Post Mortem Practice and Procedures 2005
- Report of the Working Group on Post Mortem Practice 2006
- Retained Organs Audit 2009.
The purpose of the document is to drive high quality post mortem examination services. This will be achieved, by defining and supporting the embedding of good practice in key areas relevant to post mortem examinations (both coroner and hospital), and by supporting an effective interface between the HSE and the Coronial System in relation to coroner’s post mortem examinations.