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Thousands of families to sue over retained organs

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:184
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Thousands of families of people whose organs had been retained without consent by the NHS were getting ready to take their compensation battle to the High Court in London as the BMJ went to press.

    More than 2000 families were set to go to court next Monday for the start of a four week hearing, after they rejected compensation offers as being too low.

    The claimants, who are suing NHS trusts all over England, claim that the compensation offered—thought to be about £1000 ($1780; €1440) each—compares unfavourably with the £5000 paid to parents of children whose organs were retained by the Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool. They insist, however, that the litigation is not about money, which could never make up for the trauma they experienced.

    The Department of Health said it had urged …

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