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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 18:12 GMT
The Alder Hey report
Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Alder Hey Children's Hospital

BBC NewsOnline reports on the reaction of those most closely involved in the inquiry into Alder Hey Children's Hospital. A report has severely criticised the way in which children's organs were removed and retained at the hospital.


Alder Hey doctor's defence

Professor van Velzen had a huge stockpile of children's organs
Professor van Velzen had a huge stockpile of children's organs
Professor van Velzen breaks his silence in an exclusive interview with the BBC, blaming the hospital's management for failing to explain to parents what would happen to their children's bodies.

 Click here to listen to the interview with Professor van Velzen


Health secretary criticises "unforgivable" events

Alan Milburn makes his statement in the Commons
Alan Milburn makes his statement in the Commons
Making a public apology to parents and families of the dead children, Health Secretary Alan Milburn pledged: "Those who did wrong will now be held to account."

 Click here to watch the statement in full


Health chief condemns "shocking" practice

Professor Donaldson says thousands may have been buried without their vital organs
Professor Donaldson says thousands may have been buried without their vital organs

The current law on the removal of organs is "unclear, ambiguous and ageing", says the government's Chief Medial Officer, Professor Liam Donaldson. He said the extent of the practice of organ remove would shock the public.

 Click here to watch


The Redfern report outlines "uunacceptable" practices

Michael Redfern says he was deeply and personally affected by the evidence
Michael Redfern says he was deeply and personally affected by the evidence

The official inquiry into the scandal, led by Michael Redfern QC, reveals that thousands of organs - including heads - were removed from children who had died at the Merseyside hospital.

 Click here to watch Michael Redfern's news conference


"Devastated families"

Some parents might never find out where their children's organs are
Some parents might never find out where their children's organs are

Ed Bradley, chairman of the families' support group, whose daughter's heart, lungs and brain were kept at Alder Hey, says: "The last 17 months has been harrowing and have had a devastating effect on all the families involved."

 Click here to watch an a news conference by the families


Police to probe Alder Hey

Thousands of body parts were removed at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital
Thousands of body parts were removed at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital

Tony Bell, the Chief Executive of the Alder Hey hospital trust, says they "deeply regretted the serious mistakes" highlighted in the report.

 Click here to watch an interview with Tony Bell


UK Opposition to support legislative changes

Fox: 'The Opposition fully support a change in the law'
Fox: 'The Opposition fully support a change in the law'

The Shadow Secretary for Health, Dr Liam Fox, says the Conservatives fully agree with the need to reform the Human Tissue Act.

 Click here to watch Dr Fox's statement to the Commons


Liberal Democrats say action should have been quicker

Harvey: 'This report has pulled no punches'
Harvey: 'This report has pulled no punches'

The Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman, Nick Harvey, told the Commons that some of his constituents had been the victims of similar practices at Bristol.

 Click here to watch Mr Harvey's statement to the Commons

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