Titmuss' Gift Relationship
Dear Ms Godlee,
'The Gift Relationship' by Richard Titmuss discussed blood donation
in the 70s to counter suggestions for payment for blood shortfalls.
The present debate reads almost similar but curiously we today choose
to look away from not only Titmuss' ideology but also logic and content of
the whole debate that followed.
The altruism inherent in 'donation' (blood or organ) is one of the
basic things a society which regards its NHS as a defining institution, is
seen to be valuing.
Such debates need to be held afresh by every generation. But let us
look back and keep the lessons learnt the hard way from past to make
better solutions today, maximizing social welfare.