British Ponder 'Presumed Consent' for Organ Harvesting
JAMA. 1984 Mar 23/30; 251(12): 1522-1523.
In an attempt to increase the number of organs available for transplantation, the British government has begun a campaign to foster public awareness of the organ shortage and to encourage the use of donor cards. Although the successes of Britain's transplant program are expected to increase the demand for organs, the government postponed consideration of a "presumed consent" proposal that would allow the removal of organs from anyone who had not documented denial of permission while alive. Despite the fact that "presumed consent" policies are working well in several European countries, the British are presently opting for a voluntary system similar to that of the United States. (KIE abstract)
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