Authors’ replyBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3169 (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3169
- Sheila Bird, senior statistician1,
- John Harris, director2
- 1MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 0SR
- 2Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, Manchester M13 9PL
The Organ Donation Taskforce has managed to find numerous reasons for doing nothing about heart-beating brain-stem dead donors, thus preserving a system that on any figures or methods of estimation costs many hundreds of lives. Our critics, however well intentioned, do not address this massive and needless loss of quality and length of life.
Buggins doubts the need to move to presumed consent,1 but the need is …