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Tissue samples often retained without informed consent

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:320
  1. Mark Hunter
  1. Leeds

    Organs, tissue, and body parts obtained from postmortem examinations have systematically been retained by pathology services over the past 30 years, often in the absence of informed consent from relatives, and in many cases directly contravening the Human Tissue Act 1961, a census in England has shown.

    The census, conducted by chief medical officer Liam Donaldson and published to coincide with the report on organ retention …

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