Lack of dead bodies is affecting the training of new doctors in Britain. According to the Department of Health, two courses had been cancelled this year because of a lack of cadavers and experts said more would be hit if the fall in body donations were not reversed.
The government has blamed rising medical student numbers, TV shows and the Alder Hey scandal for the problem. In the last five years, the number of bodies being donated has fallen from 670 to 600 across England and Wales.
AdvertisementThis has been coupled with a rise in medical students - since 2000 eight medical schools and 15 postgraduate anatomy departments for surgeon training have opened.
It is feared that if this downward trend is not reversed medical students will soon not have the opportunity to learn their anatomy from the best