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GMC suspends former Alder Hey pathologist

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7282.320 (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:320
  1. Mark Hunter
  1. Leeds

    Professor Dick van Velzen, the pathologist at the centre of the Alder Hey inquiry into the retention of organs, has been suspended by the General Medical Council.

    Using new disciplinary powers to impose an interim 18 month suspension, the council will now decide whether the charges of systematically, illegally, and unethically stripping the organs from the bodies of thousands of children warrant Professor van Velzen's permanent removal from the medical register. The suspension will be reviewed after six months.

    Professor van Velzen, who was not present or represented at the GMC hearing, later told the BBC that he had never taken organs without permission. “If people forgot to tell parents what a postmortem is then …

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