Grouplegal action launched over retained organsBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1202/a (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1202
- Clare Dyer, BMJ
- legal correspondent
Bereaved families who were shocked to discover that their relatives' organs had been retained after hospital postmortem examinations and not buried with their bodies won the go-ahead at the High Court in London last week for a mass action for compensation.
Four hundred people have so far consulted 17 firms of solicitors, but lawyers said the claim could include many more.
A High Court procedural judge, Chief Master Turner, made a group litigation order last week, enabling all the claims to be dealt …