Gods and Monsters
It was the kind of build up normally reserved for the launch of a Stephen King novel or a Hollywood horror block. buster. At a hospital near you, pathology departments would offer up their grisly secrets tiny human hands and hearts, livers and kidneys, cruelly and secretly snatched, even “harvested,” and hoarded in dirty storerooms. This was Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Damien Hirst in his formal. dehyde era. The stories had been coming in dribs and drabs for months, but in the two weeks before the launch of the report of the Royal Liverpool Children's Inquiry and the report of chief medical officer Liam Donaldson's survey of organ removal and retention elsewhere, they had reached an almost ghoulish intensity.
Health secretary Alan Milburn's widely reported word for it all was “grotesque.” According to the Times (29 January), he warned the government that the Alder Hey report was the