A change to the Coroners Act 1988, with immediate effect, means that coroners can now hold inquests anywhere in the country at their discretion. The idea is to locate an inquest elsewhere if there are better facilities or if it is in the best interests of the bereaved family and others, such as witnesses or other interested parties. The move is part of the reform process designed to make the coronial system more "user friendly".

The impact of this is likely to mean a few, though not many, out-of-area inquests for healthcare providers. Obviously providers with a "wider" catchment area, or who provide tertiary or "national" services are more likely to be affected.