UK considers moving to system of presumed consent to transplantationBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39349.483438.DB (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:634
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The UK government is considering moving to a system where people will be presumed to have consented to the use of their organs for transplantation unless they have opted out.
The health secretary, Alan Johnson, has asked the organ donation task force to look at the ramifications of moving from the present “opt-in” system, in which organs can be used only if people have given their prior consent, to the sort of opt-out regime currently operating in some other countries, including Sweden and Austria.
The task force, set up in 2006 to look at …