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Organs to be taken without consent – Telegraph
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Organs to be taken without consent – Telegraph
Organs to be taken without consent

By Patrick Hennessy and Laura Donnelly
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 13/01/2008

Gordon Brown has thrown his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to take organs from dead patients without explicit consent.
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Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says that such a facility would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year.

The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of the national register or family members objected.

1 Comment to “Organs to be taken without consent – Telegraph”

  1. Katerina says:

    Here are some quick suggestions for the sveruy…Why, in your estimation, have you not discussed organ donation with your next of kin? don’t like to think about death may be worth adding.Would you be willing to donate your organs to an organ donation service immediately after your death? More info from including: probably, possibly etc.?It may be worth asking, do you know your familys wishes re. donating?Which of the following options do you consider to be most important factors in ensuring that your organs are donated? – for those willing to donate it may be worth asking which of the ways they would indicate it – to compare to answers here.If there is a conflict between the wishes of the deceased and the wishes of their family members regarding donation, to whose wishes do you think clinicians should give precedence? Might be asymmetry here that you could get at e.g. respect individual if doesn’t want to donate, respect family if the family don’t want donation etc. or if respondent is a believer in donating may be the opposite…Please indicate the extent to which you would support an organ donation system whereby consent for transplantation is presumed ….. = strongly support to strongly oppose instead of agreeIs it worth asking something about knowledge of benefits of donating e.g. how many patents do you believe benefit from organs donated in ireland each year? or demand, how many people do you believe are on the waiting list for organs?Also, maybe rather than general donating, which of the following organs would you consider donating….? Maybe its an all or nothing decision but maybe not for some people?

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