In the news
Queen’s Speech includes plan for Human Tissue Bill
The Queen’s speech has included Ministers’ plans to introduce a Human Tissue Bill in this session of Parliament. The new bill will include tighter rules on organ retention as well as a new agency responsible for regulating activities related to post mortems, transplants, and the retention of tissue and organs. It will also include measures to ensure that doctors have the consent of relatives before tissue or organs are retained. In the wake of the scandals at Alder Hey Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary, the government has been working to reassure the public that organs will no longer be kept without the full knowledge and consent of the parties involved. The Department of Health had consulted on the issues late last year in ‘Human Bodies, Human Choices.’ The families who have been fighting for legislation are pleased it will soon finally be in place.