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Calls for full inquest into David Kelly death.

of the blood lost and of the blood remaining in the great vessels, the conclusion that death occurred as a consequence of haemorrhage is unsafe."

Five doctors made an application to the Oxford coroner in January to have the inquest reopened but were told Lord Hutton made a ruling in 2003 to keep medical reports and photographs closed for 70 years.

Lord Hutton responded by saying the documents could be revealed to doctors and he had made the gagging order to spare Dr Kelly's family "unnecessary distress".

Hopes for a new inquest were also raised by the change in government.

Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, said in April, when he was Shadow Justice Secretary, that the Tories would consider a new inquest into Dr Kelly's death.

He also called for a review of the former Labour Government's decision not to release related medical records and post-mortem documents.

A GROUP of prominent experts has demanded a full inquest into the death of government weapons inspector David Kelly.

They described the official cause of death, haemorrhage, as "extremely unlikely" in the light of evidence since made public.

The call came in a letter to The Times yesterday, which was signed by eight senior figures, including a former coroner, Michael Powers, a former deputy coroner, Margaret Bloom, and Julian Bion, a professor of intensive care medicine.

Coalition ministers are exploring how best to allay concerns over shortcomings in the official version of Dr Kelly's death.

The scientist was found dead in woods near his Oxfordshire home in 2003 after he was exposed as the source for a BBC story disclosing anger within the intelligence service over the use of Iraq arms data.

The then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, suspended an inquest before an inquiry by Lord Hutton began, and it was never resumed.

Lord Hutton concluded "the principal cause of death was bleeding from incised wounds to his left wrist which Dr Kelly had inflicted on himself with the knife found beside his body".

But the letter's signatories insisted the conclusion was unsafe. They argued a severed ulnar artery - the wound found to Dr Kelly's wrist - was unlikely to be life-threatening unless an individual had a blood clotting deficiency.

"Insufficient blood would have been lost to threaten life," they wrote.

"Absent (is) a quantitative assessment

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