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Organ trafficking prompts UK review of payments for donors

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:924
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Two high profile cases of organ trafficking being dealt with by the General Medical Council have stimulated calls for a review of official policy on the donation of organs for financial gain. The Department of Health is considering softening the rules against payments to donors, in a bid to clear the backlog of patients awaiting transplants.

    As the consultation process ended on the government's document The Future Law on Human Organs and Tissue in England and Wales: Human Bodies, Human Choices, senior doctors and surgeons added to the chorus calling for new thinking in organ donation. …

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