Police are investigating claims that a renowned surgeon may have kept thousands of bones from patients he operated on.
Derek McMinn, referred to on his website as the ‘father of modern hip resurfacing’, was responsible for a type of surgery that helped former world number one tennis player Sir Andy Murray return to topflight competition.
Mr McMinn has since been suspended from Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham.
The Independent reported that he allegedly kept the bones of at least 5224 of his patients over a quarter of a century.
Hospital owner, Circle Health Group, said it took the matter “incredibly seriously”.
Investigation Under Human Tissue Law
It is understood that West Mercia Police are investigating an allegation of Breach of Statutory Licensing requirements under the Human Tissue Act 2004. Under the law, it may be an offence to store human tissue for certain purposes without a licence.
The inquiry was launched