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Dr Alan Fletcher, a consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, was appointed Britain’s first ' 'Medical Examiner' "said it was unlikely that doctors were deliberately falsifying information but warned that a lack of precision meant that death records might be hiding the true scale of some deadly diseases. It also means that families are often told the wrong cause of a loved-one’s death."
It was found that doctors often noted the immediate reason for a patient's death, rather than the cause. For example, as patient who had terminal cancer but who contracted pneumonia was listed as having died from pneumonia.
Is it something which is being taught in medical education? Why aren't the patients' medical notes or case histories being referred to in these cases?