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Statistical issues arising in the conduct of fatal accident inquiries

Presented by: 
Sheila Bird Medical Research Council, University of Strathclyde
Date: 
Thursday 1st September 2016 - 12:00 to 12:30
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 

 

 

Review of fatal accident inquiries into 97 deaths in Scottish prison custody identified failure properly to secure evidence; procurator-failure to allow the full extent of post-mortem; sherrif-failure properly to report actually-prescribed medication-dosages; failure to lead admissible empirical evidence, for example in reports by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland; reliance instead on subjectivity; long delays in providing written determinations;  inconsistency in the determinations reached on similar cases; failure to post all written determinations on Scottish courts' web-site; failure to consider the epidemiology of prisoner-deaths in deciding that a written determination should be made.

For Scotland, most of these failures have been taken into account, and remedied, by recommendations in the report of the Lord Cullen.

 

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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons