Speciality: Biochemistry Biomedical Scientist
Location: Beds and Herts
Speciality: Haematology & Blood transfusion
Location: Kent and Medway
Speciality: Microbiology Biomedical Scientist
Location: North West England
Speciality: Haematology Biomedical Scientist
Location: Yorkshire and Humber
The Coroners Society of England and Wales (CSEW) was 'misguided' in its refusal to participate in a port-mortem tissue archive for the study of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), also known as mad cow disease, according to paper.
A report co-written by a researcher at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said that the organisation failed to recognise its "moral obligation to protect public health" when it refused to allow the collection of autopsy tissue.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) was to create a post-mortem tissue archive due to the risk of the re-emergence of the condition as a second-wave infection.
However, the CSEW refused to cooperate, saying that legality, cost and feasibility would be problematic. It added that its participation would "adversely affect the independence of the coronial service and would further erode public confidence".
The paper, to be published in journal Public Health, concluded that these reasons were insufficient.
vCJD is a fatal disease and, as of yet, there is no known cure. It mainly affects people in their twenties and is caught by eating meat infected with BSE.
Written by Megan Smith
Tarantula venom may be set to play a key role in helping scientists identify potential new treatments for patients...
The World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual World Blood Donor Day took place across the globe on Tuesday...
Women with cancer who favour alternative therapies may be putting their health at risk by not accessing chemotherapy...
So-called superbugs are on track to kill one person every three seconds by 2050 unless significant action...