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Private transplantations of NHS organs to be banned in UK from October

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3159
  1. Mark Gould
  1. 1London

    The government has announced a ban on patients paying for private transplant surgery using organs donated within the NHS.

    Ministers have accepted the recommendations of an independent report commissioned by the government after concerns that foreign patients were bypassing lengthy NHS waiting lists by paying up to £75 000 (€90 000; $130 000) for a transplantation.

    Earlier this year it was revealed that the livers of 50 British NHS donors were transplanted into foreign patients over a two year period, with the bulk of the operations taking place in London at King’s College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

    Of the patients …

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