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Opting out scheme for donors has support in Britain

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1404a (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1404
  1. Colin Francome,
  2. Caryl Bryant,
  3. Marie Dunne
  1. Reader in medical sociology London NW4 4LH
  2. Research assistant London N10 2DG
  3. Research assistant Sudbury, Middlesex HA0 2QF

    EDITOR,—On 30 November 1994, 4874 patients were waiting for a kidney transplant. This was an increase from the figures of 4640 in September 1993 and 3847 on 31 December 1990 (J Warren, personal communication).1 One reason is the fall in the number of deaths from road traffic accidents. In Britain these fell from 5934 in 1982 to 5217 in 1990 and 4229 in 1992.2

    In an attempt to increase the number of transplants the government decided to computerise the register of organ donors. This development has had a mixed reception. Some people thought it a small step forward, while others said that it would prove just as …

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