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Doctors subjected to “harsh treatment” over organ retention, says report

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7302.1566/e (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1566
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Government and politicians have been criticised for over-reaction and a lack of awareness in the controversy surrounding organ retention in the wake of the inquiries at Bristol and Alder Hey hospitals.

    The medical profession and some individual doctors have been treated harshly over the issue and have been left bewildered by what has happened, according to a report in Clinical Medicine, the journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London (2001;1:167-71). It warned, too, of a knock-on effect on hospital postmortem examinations, organ donation, genetic counselling, and future research involving human tissue.

    The report, by Dr John Bennett, …

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