Chopped Liver – The Beating of Another Heart

John Lewis are known for being Never Knowingly Undersold. I am known for never knowingly supporting the Conservatives.

But they have announced something that I have talked about on and off in these blog posts – that seems so logical as to be baffling it isn’t already in place. It is that hospitals will be able to retrieve organs from patients who die in accident and emergency departments – as well as in intensive care units, as they currently do.

The effect of this will be to significantly increase the number of organs available for transplant – now that can’t be a bad thing, can it?

There are currently 8,000 people on the transplant waiting list, of whom 500 die annually before they obtain an organ, and the numbers are rising by 8 per cent a year.

This is one of a number of initiatives that could potentially increase the number of organs available for transplant – others up for discussion include:-

    The opt-in

Change the donor register from “opt in” to “opt out”, requiring those who object to their organs being used after their death to sign a register.

Pro: People would be much more likely to follow the default position and allow their organs to be used after their death.

Con: It would undermine the “vital relationship of trust” between doctors and patients if doctors could take organs without obtaining specific consent.

    Lower the barrier

Retrieve organs from risky patients, eg lungs from smokers.

Pro: Hundreds of people die on the organ waiting list each year. Not all smokers develop lung cancer – it is better to take a chance.

Con: If you spend years on a transplant waiting list and then go through the trauma of an operation the last thing you want is to discover that you have been given a diseased organ.

Legalise the selling of organs
Launch a legal market in organs to boost the global supply.

Pro: High-quality care would be available to donors protecting them from exploitation, illness and death on the black market.

Con: It would be medically sanctioned exploitation of the poor by the rich, and it would increase the risk of donors concealing disease or lifestyle risks.

Click Here to read the full article that appeared in The Independent

I can’t understand why they did not ask me for my considered opinion on this occasion – it would’ve given me another reason to dust off that cream jacket once again!

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps

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