Alder Hey Inquiry

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Alder Hey Inquiry

A UK inquiry which involved the unauthorised removal, retention, and disposal of human tissue from babies and infants, largely under pathologist Professor Dick van Velzen at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, from 1988 to 1995. A public inquiry found that more than 2000 organs had been taken from more than 850 children without the parents’ authorisation. The resulting scandal led to the Human Tissue Act 2004, resulted in an overhaul in legislation regarding the handling of human tissues in the UK, and created the Human Tissue Authority.
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A THOUSAND unidentified babies whose bodies were held in the Alder Hey organ scandal will be buried together at a Liverpool cemetery this year.
THE PARENTS affected by the Alder Hey organ scandal will receive a public apology today from those organisations implicated in the tragedy.
FAMILIES affected by the Alder Hey organ scandal today said they would continue fighting for a change in the law after receiving a public apology.
With that thought in mind and the decision to award pounds 5m to the parents of the Alder Hey organ scandal, I should like to make one point clear.
THE FATHER of a baby caught up in the Alder Hey organ scandal described how he dug up his son's grave.
MANY parents caught up in the Alder Hey organ scandal could face a court ordeal because the NHS was denying legal liability, it was revealed last night.
The project is the result of a partnership between St Helens council and PITY II, the parent support group set up in October 1999 after the Alder Hey organ scandal.
PROMOTIONAL literature linking the Alder Hey organ scandal to an exhibition of preserved human bodies has been branded ``disgusting and totally insensitive'', by Merseyside campaigners.
The campaign was launched after we revealed that the number of families donating organs in Liverpool has plummeted by 50% - doctors blame the Alder Hey organ scandal as the main reason.
THE General Medical Council is to re-examine the case of one of the doctors involved in the Alder Hey organ scandal.
Transplant teams are blaming the Alder Hey organ scandal for the decline.
THE coroner system could see a big shake-up to remove flaws exposed by the Alder Hey organ scandal.