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Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 77 – Duty of health body where pregnancy loss likely to occur

201.This section applies where a woman is in the care of a relevant health body and the health body informs her that it considers it likely that the woman’s pregnancy will end before or on completion of its 24th week. By virtue of subsection (2), where a health body considers that it would be in the woman’s best interests to do so, it must give the woman the opportunity to decide whether she wishes to make arrangements for the burial or cremation of the remains, or whether she wishes to authorise the health body to make the arrangements in a way specified by the woman or in a way specified by the health body.

202.Where the woman authorises the health body to make the arrangements, she must indicate whether she wishes the arrangements to be made as soon as is practicable after the loss occurs or whether the health body should wait 7 days after the loss occurs before making arrangements. Where the woman authorises the health body to make the arrangements in a way she specifies, subsection (3) requires the health body to inform her if the way she has specified is not reasonably practicable. Subsection (4) requires the health body to record information prescribed by the Scottish Ministers by regulations. Subsection (5) provides definitions for the purposes of this section.

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