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From The Sunday Times
May 23, 2010
NHS uses babies’ blood for secret database

HOSPITALS have quietly created banks of DNA from blood taken from millions of newborn babies without the proper consent of their parents, emails show.

Freedom of information (FOI) requests to hospitals around Britain have established that the blood samples, taken in heel-prick tests to screen for serious conditions, have been privately stored by parts of the NHS since 1984.

According to guidance obtained by The Sunday Times, the DNA can be looked at by police, coroners and some medical researchers. They are able to identify named individuals.

This weekend Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, was under pressure to order an inquiry into why the NHS appeared to have acted without securing proper consent from parents.

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