Alder Hey Inquiry

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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Dr Rossi said outside the tribunal: 'I am determined to have this matter properly and fully investigated, especially in light of the Alder Hey inquiry.'
"It was quite clear from the Alder Hey inquiry that unclear management of the relationship between the hospital and the university was a significant factor in the events which took place.
The Alder Hey inquiry found that children who died at the Liverpool hospital were stripped of organs without their parents' knowledge.
Scores of worried callers have contacted Walsgrave's helpline since it was launched on the day the Alder Hey inquiry was published on Tuesday.
ANGRY parents last night blasted the Alder Hey inquiry report as a "cover-up".
The shocking details of the Alder Hey inquiry could spark further legal action and raise the possibility of prosecutions in Birmingham, it was claimed last night.
"But Alder Hey inquiry has been launched specifically to address the issues in Liverpool and restore public confidence in the hospital."
Since the Alder Hey inquiry, there has been an unreasonable, and generally uninformed, response to the perceived work of pathologists, diagnosticians and medical research.
As the Alder Hey inquiry, led by Sir Michael Redfern, got under way last year, the furore surrounding Prof van Velzen died down and he was able to continue his work.
Mr Loughton said the hospital trust would look closely at the results of the Liverpool Alder Hey inquiry into the removal of organs without the consent of relatives.
A Government source said last night: "Serious concerns were raised by the Alder Hey inquiry. And it now appears that several hundred organs have been removed in other parts of the country.
BOSSES at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital today reassured people worried about the organs scandal following the results of the Alder Hey inquiry.