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GMC clears Alder Hey doctor of dishonesty

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1258

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The first doctor to face the General Medical Council over the Alder Hey organ debacle was last week cleared of “inappropriate, unprofessional, and dishonest” behaviour.

    Over a thousand families discovered in 1999 that their children's organs had been removed and stored by the hospital without their permission. Many conducted second and even third funerals.

    Dr Andrew Selby, aged 43, a consultant paediatrician, was accused of lying to the parents of a baby boy who died at the hospital about the nature of a postmortem examination for which he asked their consent.

    Owen Williams, who was born with several serious medical problems, died suddenly in the paediatric intensive care unit in January 1999. Dr Selby asked his parents, Julie Wilkinson and Nick Williams, to sign …

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