DoH ducks presumed consent issue for organ donations

The issue of presumed consent for organ donation is not tackled in a report by the DoH’s Organ Donation Taskforce.

A separate report will follow in the summer despite the September 2007 recommendation of England CMO Sir Liam Donaldson to make the switch.

The report suggests that the recruitment of around 100 extra donor transplant co-ordinators to work with hospitals could see a 50 per cent rise in organ donation in the UK within five years. This would mean an extra 1,200 transplants a year.

A new strengthened network of dedicated organ retrieval teams would also be established and be available 24 hours a day, working closely with critical care teams in hospitals to retrieve suitable organs.

View the DoH report

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