Consultants at Alder Hey look to the futureBMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1064 (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1064
- David A Hughes, chairman, medical board
- Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool L12 2AP
EDITOR—During the past two years the issue of organ retention has placed Alder Hey Children's Hospital under a political and media spotlight. The chief medical officer's report on retained organs clearly identified longstanding practices that were widespread and well recognised by the medical profession.1 The early revelation at the Bristol inquiry about heart collections, and subsequent discoveries in our own trust, led to an independent inquiry and intense media attention.2 We are proud that all staff continued to provide the highest standards of care to the children and their parents while facing the difficult issues uncovered in the course of the inquiry. The trust has accepted the report of the independent inquiry and replied to its recommendations. Consultant members of our medical board have apologised for the …
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