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Last updated: 2003-05-14

The Board of Deputies has welcomed the publication of the Isaacs report by the Department in Health which ensures that consent is received from families for post-mortem examinations.

As was highlighted by the untimely death of Mr. Cyril Isaacs in 1987, organs and tissues were previously being removed without the consent of family members. Mr. Isaacs’ wife courageously fought for an investigation into the use of her husband’s organs for medical research without her consent.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “We send Mrs Isaacs our sympathy over the distress she has experienced. This investigation emphasises that the wishes of bereaved families must be taken into consideration. The Isaacs Report should prevent families from experiencing any further distress and help them to understand the procedures involved, so that they can provide clear consent if they so wish.”