§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the cost to relatives in each district health authority and NHS trust in England of removing a pacemaker from a deceased patient;437W
(2) if she will consider whether the surgical procedure of removing a pacemaker from a cadaver could be carried out by undertakers.
§ Mr. Sackville
Guidance on the removal of pacemakers from deceased persons is in health notice (83)6, a copy of which is in the Library; this makes it clear that funeral undertakers may carry out the removal and that the cost in all cases should be met by the national health service.