The High Price Of Alder Hey

Sue Armstrong investigates the effect on pathology of the 1999 Alder Hey scandal and asks if the profession is now suffering from over-regulation.

In the wake of the crisis in 1999, when it was revealed that children's body parts had been kept for pathological analysis without parents' knowledge, many pathologists left the profession because of the media-led vilification of them as 'doctors of death'. Post mortem rates are now at an all time low.

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Sue Armstrong investigates the effect on pathology of the 1999 Alder Hey scandal and asks if the profession is now suffering from over-regulation.

In the wake of the crisis in 1999, when it was revealed that children's body parts had been kept for pathological analysis without parents' knowledge, many pathologists left the profession because of the media-led vilification of them as 'doctors of death'. Post mortem rates are now at an all time low.