||British Organ Scandal Doctors Face Investigation|
Reuters Health; March 17, 2001; Pro-Life Infonet
London, England -- Doctors in a British medical scandal, where
thousands of organs were stripped from the bodies of dead children,
will be investigated over their role, the General Medical Council
said on Thursday.
The GMC, the governing body for Britain's doctors, said it was considering
what action should be taken against those named in a Department
of Health report into the scandal at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool,
"We have received the report and are looking to see if any action
needs to be taken against any doctors mentioned in the report,"
a spokeswoman told Reuters.
A Department of Health investigation was launched after Alder Hey
hospital admitted that between 1998 and 1995 staff removed and stored
orgrans from more than 800 children without the consent or knowledge
of their parents.
The report, released in January, shocked Britain with its graphic
and disturbing account of practices at the hospital.
Health Secretary Alan Milburn said that as well as retaining the
hearts of more than 2,000 children, pathologists had removed and
stored children's heads and bodies, brain parts, eyes taken from
unborn children and more than 15,000 stillborn babies.
In February, the GMC ruled that Dr. Dick van Velzen, the Dutch doctor
at the center of the scandal, should not be allowed to work in Britain
Milburn told parliament van Velzen had lied to parents, and stolen
or falsified medical records to cover up his activities at the hospital.
Van Velzen has denied that he took organs without partents' permission,
and blamed the hospital for failing to tell parents.