Mortonhall Investigation - report

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Mortonhall Investigation

The Mortonhall Investigation report was commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Chief Executive Sue Bruce in January 2013 after concerns were raised about practices at the crematorium and has been written by the former Lord Advocate of Scotland, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC. 

The remit of the report was to establish the facts regarding practices relating to the cremation of babies at Mortonhall Crematorium and to learn lessons that will ensure best practice for the future. 

Dame Elish interviewed bereaved families, current and former members of crematorium staff, representatives from funeral directors, staff from other crematoria, support groups and health professionals and took opinion from experts in the field of human anthropology, law and forensic accountancy. The report, with annexes, extends to over 600 pages in total. 

The report contains 22 recommendations which will now be taken forward by the Council and other relevant agencies.

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