China starts to move away from using organs from executed prisoners for transplantationsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3567 (Published 02 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3567
- Jane Parry
- 1Hong Kong
China’s Ministry of Health and the Red Cross Society of China have jointly launched a pilot organ donation system in five cities and five provinces to harvest organs from brain stem dead patients. The system is a step towards bringing transplant organ procurement procedures into line with internationally accepted practices.
Announcing the programme, China’s deputy health minister, Huang Jiefu, admitted that more than 65% of current organ donors are executed prisoners, with only a tiny proportion of organs coming from brain stem dead people. “Executed prisoners are definitely not a proper source for organ transplants,” he told the state run newspaper China Daily.
The new donor system, launched on 25 August, …