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Letters Presumed consent

No such thing

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:345
  1. John Saunders, honorary professor
  1. 1Centre for Philosophy, Humanities and Law in Healthcare, University of Wales Swansea, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny NP7 7EG
  1. saundersjohn{at}

    There is no such thing as “presumed consent for organ donation.”1 Presumed consent isn’t consent at all. Without consent organs are taken, not donated. I don’t have a problem about my organs being taken—but many will.

    As section 15 of the Code of Practice of the Human Tissue …

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