Why do we have to pay for two doctors to provide paperwork for cremation?

There is a legal requirement in England and Wales that, before a cremation can take place, the deceased must be examined by two doctors. The first is normally the deceased’s own GP, the second is an independent GP from another practice. Both doctors must complete the necessary legal forms for the cremation to happen. The BMA sets a national fee, which the doctors are entitled to charge for visiting the Funeral Director’s premises or the hospital mortuary, examining the deceased, and completing the forms.

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  1. Under the emergency legislation enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement for a second doctor to examine the deceased as been removed. Therefore, until this returns to normal, only one doctor has to be paid to produce cremation paperwork.

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