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Government orders inquiry into removal of children's organs

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7224.1518a (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1518
  1. Dyer Clare, egal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Every NHS trust in Britain is being asked to say whether it took organs from dead children without their parents' consent, in the aftermath of an outcry over disclosures that staff at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool removed and stored more than 2000 hearts and 800 other organs.

    Health secretary Alan Milburn last week announced an external inquiry into the removal and retention of organs at the hospital, the largest children's hospital in Europe.

    Alder Hey …

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