Betts call over coroner axe

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SHEFFIELD MP Clive Betts has called on the Prime Minister to think again about his proposals to abolish the role of Chief Coroner only two years after the post was created.

Those in favour of the new position believe a single Chief Coroner would improve the speed and sensitivity of coroners’ inquires into deaths of military personnel and other complex cases.

Critics argue a Chief Coroner is needed to ensure coroners have specialist training.

Mr Betts, who represents Sheffield South East, said: “David Cameron should accept he’s got it wrong, and should re-instate the role, which has all-party political support, as well as the support of a wide range of voluntary organisations from the Royal British Legion to the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity.”