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Death underfunded

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:186

The mortuary service needs resources not resignations

  1. Kamran Abbasi, assistant editor
  1. BMJ

    It can't be much fun working in the pathology service in the United Kingdom as it lurches from one crisis to another with regular knocks from the government and the media. There have been mistakes, notably the practice of retaining organs without consent, and it will be some time before the public is reassured.1 Apportioning blame in the latest furore to blight the pathology service—bodies being stored outside mortuaries—is, however, not so clear cut.

    Last week the striking image of seven corpses stored in a hospital chapel, draped in sheets with the legs and face of one body visible, forced the resignation of Ken Williams, the chief executive of Bedford Hospital.2 A damaged door …

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