The Human tissue authority was set up in 2005 following several scandals in the 1990s which revealed that human remains and tissue were being retained without consent- most notably at Alderhey Children's hospital in Liverpool between 1998-1995 in which over 2,000 organ samples were retained.
A post mortem at the coroners request does not require the consent of family members and is legally binding because there is suspicion of some form of foul play.
A post mortem is ordered to try and determine cause of death
A post mortem takes place as agreed by the hospital and the family
Pathologists are doctors who specialise in understanding the nature and cause of disease- the standards required by pathologists are set by the royal college of pathologists and the HTA.
Hospital bereavement officers offer support and advice to families and liaise with pathologists and families.
A post mortem will be requested by a coroner because the cause of death is unknown.Yet It can also be requested by a hospital doctor to find out more about a specific illness or cause of death to contribute to medical research.
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judicial officer responsible for investigating deaths in certain situations
An inquest is the legal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a persons death and will be required if the coroner can report no pathological or natural reason for death.
These are post mortems requested by hospital doctors to further understanding of an illness or cause of death: contributing to medical research- this sometimes requires consent prior to death or can be the consent of family members.
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