Presumed Consent to Organ Donation – Gesture Politics?

By | 17th October 2017

Both major political parties have recently declared themselves in favour of changing the law on consent to organ donation in England… Transplant surgeons and patient advocacy groups have been lobbying for this change for more than thirty years, as a solution to the acknowledged problem of a shortage of suitable organs. It looks like an easy answer. In fact, it is highly doubtful whether it will make any significant difference and may actually be counter-productive in terms of public confidence in the system…There is, though, a serious risk of practicing a cruel deception by adopting a remedy that does not deal with the real problems of NHS organization and resources. There is also a definite risk of compromising public confidence in the integrity of health professionals who are seen to be acting in ways that offend significant minorities.

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