Labour County Councillors call for solutions to death certificate backlog - May 2016
A Labour Group motion passed today will see a formal investigation launched into the many problems surrounding the issuing of death certificates in the County. The motion proposed by Councillor Graham Morgan, and seconded by Councillor Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) brought this motion to Council today after members of the public had been reached out to them for help.
The motion formally recognises that there is a problem with how the County Council has wanted people to register deaths, and it calls for Council to bring solutions on how to better the service to the next Environment Scrutiny Committee in July. Information released yesterday (10th of May 2015) suggested that nearly a 1000 death certificates were delayed in the County in the first three months of the year.
Councillor Graham Morgan (L. Cinderford) said that: “This has been a problem for families across the County for too long now; I know from personal recent experience what it means when you can’t get the death certificate of a loved one. I hope that now the Council have agreed to look at this issue they will return with some suggestions on how to improve it.”
Recent changes to how death certificates are issued has meant that friends and families often have to travel to ‘hubs’ in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham to register a death, this has lead to many having to wait well beyond the statutory five day period.
Councillor Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) said that: “Whether this is because of cuts to the service, or the Council have changed how it works, the result is the same, families and loved ones are not being able to register deaths in the time or places that they would expect. We’ve all been in these situations before, and the last thing that you want to encounter is a system that makes life that little bit harder. I sincerely hope that the Cabinet member and the Council come back with some serious recommendations on how to fix this problem”.
The Cabinet member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure will be asked to attend the July 13th meeting of the Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee with recommendations to improve the service.
Labour County Councillors call for solutions to death certificate backlog - May 2016 A Labour Group motion passed today will see a formal investigation launched into the many problems surrounding...