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Alder Hey scandal parents face new ordeal.

MANY parents caught up in the Alder Hey organ scandal could face a court ordeal because the NHS was denying legal liability, it was revealed last night.

Lawyers acting for the thousands of families involved had hoped to settle damages claims out of court.

However, it has now emerged that in many cases the NHS Litigation Authority is refusing to accept legal liability.

Pathologists, including Professor Dick van Velzen, were pilloried in a damning inquiry into the collection of body parts gathered from thousands of dead children.

The Redfern Report condemned the rogue Dutch-born doctor for ``excessive, illegal and unethical'' practices carried out under the guise of research.

It was also established that organs had been kept without consent at hospitals all over Britain and the Retained Organs Commission was formed to handle the affair. A series of ``mediation process'' meetings will be held this week but solicitors have already been informed that the NHS are rejecting some compensation claims.

A spokesman for NHS Litigation Authority said: ``Obviously we have great sympathy, both morally and ethically, with the families. At the end of the day the NHS can only pay compensation where there is legal liability.''
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