Organ donor rules must change, say doctors
Doctors have demanded a change in the rules on organ donation to save more lives.
The British Medical Association has been campaigning since 1999 for a policy of "presumed consent" – in which people will be presumed willing to donate their organs unless they opt out. The BMA reiterated its support for this policy at its annual conference in Cardiff yesterday.
Dr Sharon Blackford urged the association to keep the current system, saying presumed consent could damage trust in doctors. She said families of critically ill patients may fear doctors were keen to harvest their organs. The doctors decisively rejected Dr Blackford's motion and voted to continue pushing for change.
Laura Tukenburg, a medical student, pointed out that over the four days of the conference, 12 people would die from lack of an organ for transplant. "We have a significant problem in this country. There are not enough organs for donation and that means our system needs to change," she said.
Dr Evan Harris added: "It is ethical because the default should be to save lives. It is better for relatives because there is many an occasion where relatives regret saying no out of grief. But I have never heard of relatives regretting saving a life."
Wales's Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said the Welsh Government would "in due course" introduce a Bill on presumed consent.
Life & Style blogs
Dozens of empty homes in two of Liverpool’s most deprived areas will be brought back into use thanks...
A roundup of the latest property news
Plus, do energy saving measures boost house prices?
- 1 Serena Williams apologises after comment that rape victim 'shouldn't have put herself in that position'
- 2 Disability campaigners celebrate 'victory' after government rethink over plans to make it more difficult to claim disability benefits
- 3 Bankers could face jail after report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management
- 4 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 5 We never knew Nigella Lawson - and we still don’t
£500 - £600 per day: Orgtel: FX Options Front Office Java / C# Developer - Ba...
£600 - £700 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager - Front Office - Regulatory IT C...
£33000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: NQTs required now fo...