New guidance allows donors to name who receives their organs when they die

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1843
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    People who want, on their death, to donate their organs to a relative or close friend can do so with immediate effect under new government guidance, which covers the United Kingdom.

    Until now it has not been possible to name someone who the donor specifically wants to receive their organs. This is because a fundamental principle of the UK donation programme is that organs are given freely, voluntarily, and unconditionally. Donation must not depend on the donor only wanting their organs to go to a specified relative or friend. Instead organs had to be donated on the understanding they would go to whoever was most in need—even though a complete stranger might be the recipient, rather than a family member who was also in need.

    The change in …

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