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Dr David Nicholl

MPs and medics have backed calls for a change in the Human Tissue Act following the controversy about the Bodies Revealed exhibition at Birmingham's Custard Factory. Stirrer blogger Dr David Nicholl, who is concerned about where the specimens come from, has penned this letter, which is published in the Daily Telegraph today.

Dear Sir

This week sees the finale of an exhibition of plastinated Chinese corpses in Birmingham called Bodies Revealed.

The exhibition was organized by a US company, Premier Exhibitions, who had a previous show in 2007 blocked by the Russian authorities.

In 2008, after a law suit, they were forced to carry a disclaimer for their New York exhibition stating these were “human remains of Chinese citizens or residents which were originally received by the Chinese Bureau of Police.

"The Chinese Bureau of Police may receive bodies from Chinese prisons.

"Premier cannot independently verify that the human remains you are viewing are not those of persons who were incarcerated in Chinese prisons”.

No such disclaimer, nor even the country of origin, was present at the Birmingham exhibition.

It is worth noting that China executes more people than any other country, including for non-violent offences such as tax evasion. Yet, the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has confirmed that this exhibition was legal as “the consent requirements do not apply” for imported tissue and were satisfied by the origins of the tissue based on an affidavit in Chinese.

We would urge the government to amend the Human Tissue Act so that the rules for informed consent apply equally to imported as well as exported body tissue, especially where tissue has been acquired from a country with a poor human rights record."

Dr David Nicholl, Consultant Neurologist, City Hospital, Birmingham
Dr Richard Taylor, MP for Wyre Forest, House of Commons, London
Ms Julie Kirkbride, MP for Bromsgrove, House of Commons, London

and 73 others

Dr Fouad Siddiqui, Consultant Geriatrician, Birmingham
Dr Nigel Langford, Consultant Physician, Birmingham
Dr Colin Fink, GP, Coventry
Dr Swarupsinh Chavda, Consultant Neuroradiologist, Birmingham
Dr Edmund Dunstan, Consultant Geriatrician, Birmingham
Dr Jonathan Treml, Consultant Geriatrician, Birmingham
Dr Omer Moghraby, GP, London
Dr Christopher Dyer, Consultant Geriatrician, Winsley, Wiltshire
Dr James Lavin, GP, Hanley Castle
Dr Phil Bennett, Molecular Biologist, Birmingham
Dr Andy Thompson, GP, West Bromwich
Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, GP, West Bromwich
Dr Robert McFadyen, Consultant Cardiologist, Birmingham
Dr Richard Murrin, Consultant Haematologist, Birmingham
Dr John Ross, GP, London
Dr Annette Neary, Consultant Physician, Leicester
Dr Donna Hall, Consultant Anaesthetist, London
Dr Mike Douglas, Consultant Neurologist, Birmingham
Dr James Miller, Consultant Neurologist , Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Dr K Wales, Doncaster
Dr Andrew O'Brien, East Grinstead
Mr Donald Whitaker, Sidcup
Dr Sara Furness, Stalybridge
Dr Brendan O'Reilly, retired GP, Mid-Glamorgan
Dr Richard Nicholl, Consultant Paediatrician, London
Ms Christina Monroe, Bangor
Dr Alexandra Cottam, Bristol
Dr H Robertson, Cardiff
Miss Claire Brown, Leicester
Dr Rupert Beale, Cambridge
Dr Grant Ingrams, Hinckley
Mr Ian Street, London
Dr Simon Knowles, Consultant Pathologist, Exeter
Dr Tom Heafield, Consultant Neurologist, Birmingham
Dr Louise Pealing, London
Dr Jane Hill, GP, Kenilworth
Dr Farnaz Parvizi, Oral Surgeon, Birmingham
Dr Peter Gooderham, Manchester
Dr Majid Katme, GP, London
Dr David Gold, Psychiatrist, Sutton Coldfield
Dr Lesley Wilson, St Helier, Jersey
Dr Dougall McCorry, Consultant Neurologist, Sutton Coldfield
Dr Jonathan Hulme, Birmingham
Miss Anna-Maria Shiels, Birmingham
Mr Christopher Wayne, Consultant Obstetrician, London
Dr Santhana Kannan, Birmingham
Dr David Carruthers, Consultant Rheumatologist, Birmingham
Dr Stuart Hutchinson, Consultant Geriatrician, Birmingham
Dr Hatem Abusriwil, Birmingham
Dr James Geoghegan, Birmingham
Dr Nandan Gautam, Birmingham
Dr Julian Cooper, Wolverhampton
Dr Richard Thompson, Consultant Respiratory Physician
Dr Peter Hewins, Sutton Coldfield
Dr Andy Toogood, Consultant Physician, Birmingham
Mrs Rachel Sam, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Birmingham
Dr Allan Thomas, Consultant Neuroradiologist, Birmingham
Dr Angela Luck, Birmingham
Mr Stanley Silverman, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Birmingham
Dr Deborah Turfey, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham
Dr Arul Sivaguru, Consultant Neurologist, Birmingham
Dr Nick Sherwood, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham
Dr Peter Doyle, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Stourbridge
Dr Isabelle Hero, Leamington Spa
Mr Mike Burdon, Consultant Neuro-ophthalmologist, Solihull
Dr Jeremy Wilson, Birmingham
Dr Fiona Clark, Birmingham
Mr K Subramonian, Consultant Urologist
Dr Darius Mirza, Birmingham
Dr Alastair Robertson, Solihull
Ms Olga Tucker, Birmingham
Dr Jenny Vaughan, Consultant Neurologist, London
Mr Matt Dunkley, Surgeon, London

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