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The potential impact of an opt-out system for organ donation in the UK
  1. Romelie Rieu
  1. Correspondence to Ms Romelie Rieu, Oxford University, Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HG, UK; romelie.rieu{at}


The recent report of the UK government's Organ Donation Taskforce is in favour of continuing with the current organ donation system rather than changing to an opt-out system where people are assumed to be willing to donate. How did it reach this decision and is it correct?

  • Donation/procurement of organs/tissues

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