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Undertaker critical of policy on sudden deaths

By Donna Deeney

Changes in the way sudden deaths are handled are putting unnecessary stress on grieving families living in Londonderry, a local undertaker has said.

The Court Service of Northern Ireland appointed the contract for the removal of sudden deaths to a sole undertaker based in Lurgan, but this has already seen families in Derry waiting unacceptable hours while their loved ones are collected and taken to Belfast for post-mortem.

Sean Carr, who as well as his job as an undertaker is also a councillor with Derry City Council, said:: “As of three weeks ago when these new procedures were introduced all sudden deaths will automatically go to Belfast wether or not a post-mortem is required..

“What is of particular concern to me is the procedure in relation to a death as a result of a road accident for instance. Asking someone to come to the scene of a road accident and confirm the identity of a family member seems totally callous thing to do, but asking them to make a round trip of 150 miles isn't much kinder.

“It is my firm belief that this hasn't been thought through,” he added.

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