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NHS considering shake-up of organ transplant rules

Monday, 30 July 2012


The NHS is considering its biggest shake-up of the ethical, legal and professional rules governing transplants, which may involve prolonging the lives of people who have no chance of surviving in order to harvest their organs, and to make people opt out rather than in to the donor register, reported The Guardian on Saturday (p16).

The paper said the options included in a survey of medical, scientific and public opinion to test the boundaries of what might be acceptable, as a precursor to significant reforms.

The survey suggests giving priority for transplants to the 19.3 million registered donors in the country, new financial rewards for intensive care units for every organ they provide and presuming consent unless people have actively opted out.

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