What about mandated choice?BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3165 (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3165
- Hugo Wellesley, SpR anaesthesia and intensive care1
- 1Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester GL1 3NN
Bird and Harris argue for a move to presumed consent for organ donation.1 As Harris has previously noted, “presumed consent is a fiction. Without the actual consent of the individual, there is no consent.”2 This bypassing of respect for autonomy, one of the cornerstones of modern medical practice, could alienate a large proportion of the public.
The resulting lack of support is thought …