Alder Hey pathologist is struck off medical registerBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1464-a (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1464
- Owen Dyer
A pathologist has been struck off by the General Medical Council for storing thousands of children's body parts, against the wishes of their parents. Dick van Velzen became national news in 1999, when an inquiry at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital found that he had left thousands of jars containing children's organs to decay in a musty storeroom (BMJ 2002;322: 255).
In many cases Dr van Velzen retained organs against the wishes expressed in parents' consent forms. He also falsely claimed to have returned …