FAMILIES involved in the Alder Hey organ retention scandal say they have been left distraught by the decision not to prosecute disgraced pathologist, Professor Dick van Velzen.
The doctor at the centre of the outrage said he was relieved by the Crown Prosecution Service's announcement last week not to press charges against him.
But devastated parents, including a number from Runcorn and Widnes who have campaigned for justice since 1999, insist 'someone must take the blame'.
And they claim that releasing the news before Christmas was the worst time possible to re-open old wounds.
However, the General Medical Council (GMC) which suspended the doctor in 2001 has announced it will re-open its own inquiry into van Velzen's conduct now that the criminal investigation has been completed.
Merseyside Police launched an investigation after it emerged the Dutchman secretly took organs from more than 800 children who had died at the Liverpool children's hospital.
Members of PITY II - the group set up to represent parents involved in the scandal - are planning to meet the CPS in the New Year to demand answers.
Paula O'Leary, a former chairwoman and one of four remaining executive members of PITY II, vowed to track van Velzen down to his home in Holland.
She said: 'I just want to look in his eyes and ask him why did he see fit to ruin so many lives?
'It's an absolute injustice. We all thought they would make an example of van Velzen but as far as the group is concerned, he got away with it.
'We have been fighting for more than five years for justice for our children and yet again we have been stabbed in the back.
'I want someone to take the blame for this.
'I truly want justice. We are not going to go away.'
In a statement, Prof van Velzen said: 'I am relieved and appreciate the difficulties for the misled families.
'I hope this would bring some sort of closure to the matter.
'Any future comments, I think, would be inappropriate for the families.'
The professor - dubbed Dr Franken-stein - was criticised by an official inquiry in the scandal, chaired by Lord Redfearn, which recommended in 2001, that the CPS investigate the allegations.
Christopher Enzor, head of the CPS casework directorate, said: 'I appreciate that this will be a difficult decision for those who have lost children at Alder Hey and who had to face the trauma of the issues surrounding the removal and retention of their children's organs without consent.
'That is why the CPS is offering to meet those parents who allowed their children's organs or medical records to be examined as part of the police investigation, so that we can explain to them how we reached our decision.'
The GMC will now continue its own investigation into Velzen now that criminal proceedings have come to an end.
After the scandal emerged in 1999, many families were forced to hold second, and sometimes even third, funerals as their children's remains were discovered at the hospital.