ROGUE doctors who keep body parts without the consent of relatives will be jailed in a bid to prevent a re-run of the Alder Hey scandal.
Health secretary John Reid last week announced that the long-awaited Human Tissues Bill will impose prison sentences on hospital doctors who illegally store organs after death.
The crackdown follows the revelation that hundreds of dead children were stripped of their organs at Alder Hey Children's Hospital over several decades.
The Redfern Inquiry discovered the organs of 850 children - including babies and toddlers from Run-corn and Widnes - which were stripped during postmortem examinations and stored in jars.
And it discovered jars containing the heads of children from birth to the age of 11 at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) based at Alder Hey but run by Liverpool University.
The report exposed Dutch pathologist Prof Dick van Velzen, who lied to parents, forged research applications and ordered retention of every organ.
A collection of 3,575 aborted or still-born foetuses were also at the ICH, dating from the 1950s-70s.
The Department of Health has already pledged that the Bill will outlaw the 'removal, storage and use' of human tissue without proper consent.
And the Government has decided to plug a legal loophole by introducing fines and jail terms for doctors who flout the new rules.
Trafficking in human bodies or body parts and using human tissue for DNA testing without consent were also made specific offences for the first time.
The Human Tissue Bill replaces the Human Tissue Act 1961, which allowed hospitals to store organs.