Post-mortem consent policies sub-optimal

In 2004, the UK changed the law on obtaining consent for post-mortem procedures following organ retention scandals involving children at two hospitals.

But a study of 26 hospitals found more than one in ten still failed to spell out their policies and procedures for obtaining consent.

Two-thirds of protocols did not include a requirement for staff to have witnessed a post-mortem.

J Clin Path 2013; online 23 Sept