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No evidence that presumed consent increases organ donation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1614 (Published 11 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1614
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    No evidence supports the view that changing to a policy of presumed consent for organ donation leads to an increase in the number of donated organs, say transplant experts.

    Currently the consent rate for organ donation in the United Kingdom is 60%. The chief medical officer Liam Donaldson and the prime minister, Gordon Brown, have indicated that they want a system of presumed consent to be considered. A report commissioned by the government from the organ donation taskforce, which will weigh up the evidence, is due later this month.

    Speaking in London last …

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