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Post Mortems

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) organs, (b) blocks and (c) slides from hospital post mortems are kept separate from coroners' post mortems. [113371]

Organs, blocks and slides retained following hospital post mortems are archived with those retained following coroners' post mortems performed by hospital pathologists. Measures are in place to ensure that the origin of each organ, block or slide is easily identifiable. The State Pathologist holds a separate archive of organs, blocks and slides relating to coroners' post mortems.