British Organ Scandal Doctors Face Investigation
Courtesy: 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, northern England.

"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 again.

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.


(Courtesy: Reuters Health)