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The report has huge implications for doctors

2000/2001

The Bristol inquiry was the first to hear how doctors had kept organs from dead children without telling, or seeking permission from their families.

A preliminary report from the inquiry panel on just this issue was scathing, describing it as "arrogance born of indifference".

The revelations at Bristol were later to lead to others from hospitals across England - including the scandal at Alder Hey hospital on Merseyside.

However, in July of 2001, the inquiry, after many delays, finally handed dozens of volumes of findings and recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn, who presented them to Parliament shortly afterwards.


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