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The first I heard about it was when Alistair Darling announced the inquiry. I've since found documents which show my father's body parts were taken. It's very upsetting. We do feel violated. We thought we'd buried him intact. To find out that's not the case is very traumatic.
Months after the inquiry began, it was expanded to include workers from nuclear establishments at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Aldermaston in Berkshire and Springfields near Preston in Lancashire. The inquiry has also reviewed a government-sponsored study of bones removed from 6072 individuals, mostly babies, spanning two decades.
The inquiry found the views of relatives were not always obtained, as required by the Human Tissue Act of 1961. An "extraordinary range" of organs were removed to gauge any effects of radiation, it was revealed. The liver was removed in all cases and one or both lungs in all but one incident. Vertebrae, sternum, ribs, lymph nodes, spleen, kidneys and femur were also stripped in the majority of incidents.
More witholding the truth than conspiracy