MPs to debate presumed consent for organ donation

A private member's bill backing the introduction of presumed consent for organ donation is to be debated in the Commons today.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has backed the action by Jeremy Browne, Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton, Somerset.

Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA’s medical ethics committee, said: ‘While the BMA supports many of the proposals put forward by the Organ Donation Taskforce, we still believe that changing to a system of presumed consent will do even more to improve donation rates.

'We are very pleased that Jeremy Browne agrees with our position and is introducing the private member’s bill.'

'At least one person dies every day while waiting for an organ transplant and it is essential that every effort is made to increase the number of donors available.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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