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GMC hearing opens into doctor at centre of organ retention scandal

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1349
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

The General Medical Council has begun its long delayed hearing into the case of pathologist Dick van Velzen, who illegally kept thousands of children's organs at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The hospital had a public relations disaster in 1999, when an internal inquiry found that hundreds of children's organs had been kept after autopsy without parents' permission. The revelations triggered a temporary decline in organ donations, and led the government to promise new legislation on organ storage. That legislation was passed last year as the Human Tissue Act.

An independent inquiry led by Michael Redfern QC concluded in 2001 that Professor Van Velzen had …

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