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Disposal of remains of fetuses of under 24 weeks' gestation

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:338
  1. R G Forster, medical referee for Wakefield Cremation Authority
  1. Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Cemeteries and Crematoria Department, Civic Centre, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4JH

    EDITOR—I write as the medical referee to the Wakefield cremation authority about the disposal by cremation of the remains of fetuses of less than 24 weeks' gestation.

    Although I understand the emotive reasons for hospital authorities wishing to find a more sensitive way of disposing of fetuses of less than 24 weeks' gestation, it is important to recognise that currently such disposals are outside the scope of …

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