Dutch are split over donor consent

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1089

A dramatic fall in the number of transplant organs available in the Netherlands has led to controversial moves to adopt a donor system of assuming consent unless an objection has been registered. Last week the earliest possible date was due to be set for parliament to decide the issue, which has split the cabinet, patients' organisations, and Dutch society as a whole.

Health secretary Professor Els Borst-Eilers has recommended a compromise in which people can register for or against donating their organs. An active registration campaign aimed at 18 year olds is proposed. …

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