Phase 2

Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by the David Fuller case launches Phase 2 – 11 July 2023

Statement from Sir Jonathan Michael, Chair of the Inquiry:

“We are making good progress with the first phase of our Inquiry, and so today we are announcing the beginning of the second phase. We have received a wealth of evidence, during the first phase of the Inquiry, which relates specifically to the crimes committed by David Fuller in the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. We are grateful to all the witnesses who have come forward to assist with this stage of the Inquiry, particularly the brave families who have shared their stories.”

“The Inquiry team are keen to keep moving at pace whilst remaining thorough in our work, therefore we are now beginning to look at the broader national picture to understand the procedures and practices across the country which are in place to protect the deceased. For this first module of the second phase of the Inquiry, we want to hear from funeral directors, and people who work in private mortuaries and private ambulances. We are encouraging people who work in these sectors across the country to get in touch with us, to share their experiences and help us to understand what more can be done to prevent these atrocious crimes from ever happening again.”

People working in the traditional and direct funeral sector, private mortuaries and private ambulances, are invited to complete a response form available here by 4pm on Friday 11 August 2023, and returning it to or by post to PO Box 910, Leeds, LS1 9WH.  

The Inquiry can be contacted by email at or by calling 0207 972 1444.