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GMC clears head of Alder Hey of professional misconduct

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7430.10-c (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:10
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The former medical director of Alder Hey Hospital, Dr John Martin, took “inappropriate and inadequate” steps when he learned that the hospital's pathologist was storing children's organs without permission, but his omissions did not add up to serious professional misconduct, the General Medical Council has decided.

    Dr John Martin, medical director of the hospital until his retirement in 1997, was one of 17 doctors from the hospital referred to the GMC in the wake of the organ retention affair. After preliminary investigation, only three cases came to a full hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee. Professor Dick van Velzen, the pathologist who stored the …

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