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BMA wants presumed consent for organ donors

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:141
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The BMA will lobby the government to introduce a system of “presumed consent” for organ donation under which doctors will be allowed to assume that all patients are willing to have their organs removed after death unless they have registered their objection beforehand.

    Representatives at last week's meeting of the BMA's annual meeting in Belfast voted overwhelmingly in favour of an opt- out system, a change in the policy that it has held for nearly 30 years. They also called for a public education campaign about …

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