Doctors working in hospitals earned almost £15m last year in cremation payments made by grieving families, figures released today by the Liberal Democrats have revealed. The payment is made to doctors to sign a form releasing a body for cremation.
Commenting Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said:
“This is a well established practice but you really can’t justify taking money off grieving relatives when this involves nothing beyond most doctors normal working hours.
“People are at their most vulnerable after the death of a loved one and the last thing they need is these extra charges.
“The NHS is meant to care for people from the cradle to grave but these charges undermine that principle.
“The Government must take action to put an end to this practice as soon as possible as it simply cannot be justified.”