Law, ethics, and medicine
The UK Human Tissue Act and consent: surrendering a fundamental principle to transplantation needs?
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Potts (1) questions the validity of prospective consent to organ donation as recorded on the organ donor cards in current use in the USA. The situation is no better in this country. "Consent" as recorded on the NHS Organ Donor Register is based on nothing more than a ticked box on a form specifying organs to be taken after death. Such "consent" is surely invalid, being at the very least far from fu...
MDD Bell (1) points out a number of serious ethical problems with "presumed consent" for organ donation in the UK Human Tissue Act 2004. One serious problem is that even in a system of voluntary organ donation, such as the one in the US, true informed consent is not given. Organ donor cards do not make it clear when claiming that the removal of organs takes place after the donor is dead, that the poten...