Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Judge Rules on Scandal Claims

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Judge Rules on Scandal Claims

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Byline: By Julie Cush

Thousands of bereaved families who claim organs were removed from their loved ones will learn today whether they have won compensation.

Mr Justice Gage is due to give his ruling at the High Court in an action by parents who say children's organs were taken without consent by the NHS in a morally and ethically "objectionable" practice.

When the case opened in London in January, Richard Lissack, QC for 2,140 claimants, stressed it was not about demonising the medical profession, but about righting a "great wrong".

Two years ago the Chronicle revealed how 21 families held cremations and burials after receiving the shocking news that tissue samples from their loved ones had been retained without permission by Newcastle's three main hospitals, dental and medical schools.

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust launched a massive investigation in the wake of the Alder Hey and Bristol hospitals' organ scandals and found 26 organs and more than 100 tissue samples were being stored on Tyneside. …

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