Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Sorry' Simply Isn't Good Enough - MP's Fury at Organ Scandal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Sorry' Simply Isn't Good Enough - MP's Fury at Organ Scandal

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Byline: Michael Muncaster Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com @@MichaelMjourno

COMPENSATION must be paid to families caught up in the Tyneside body organs retention scandal, an MP said.

The South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust apologised to 41 families after samples were found at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields in 2015.

An internal investigation revealed the trust failed to act for four years to begin the process of dealing with the tissues and organs, which had been stored following unexplained deaths.

And in some cases, families buried or cremated their loved ones without knowing their bodies were not intact.

The trust is also in contact with a further five families after discovering samples from miscarried babies had been stored since 2012.

I feel angry they there telling Sarah Health bosses expressed their "sincere apologies" to the people affected and said they have taken steps to prevent it from happening again. But South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck said: "The thing for me is that they knew about it but took no action and haven't made it clear why they took no action. To simply say sorry is not good enough.

"When looking at what those families have gone through, it is absolutely heartbreaking. The senior management team can't say that this is it and somebody needs to be held accountable for it.

"The families need some compensation and be offered some kind of support. I will be having discussions with the hospital to see if a more in-depth investigation can take place."

Among those affected was Sarah Simpson, from Blakelaw, Newcastle, whose dad Terence died in a fall from a roof in the city in 1995.

She was horrified to discover that her dad's brain, part of his heart and other organs were found at the hospital.

because sitting not really me what happened Following a meeting with the trust's executive medical director Dr Shahid Wahid Simpson on Monday, Ms Simpson said she was left with "a lot of unanswered questions". …

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