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The Primary Care Mortality Database (PCMD) allows authorised users to access mortality data provided at the registration of a death. This includes:
- demographic details
- cause of death
- place of death
- certifying GP details
- coroner's details
PCMD currently holds data from 1997 up until the most recent monthly data extract, based on the 2011 census structures. Monthly data is added by the second week of the following month. User access to the data is based on the upper tier local authority or the clinical commissioning group (CCG) structures they are responsible for.
The PCMD is managed by NHS Digital and is updated monthly using a file of death records from the Office for National Statistics being accessed via DARS.