Running of the organ donor register could be privatised, says the Department of Health

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6834
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The Department of Health has signalled that the operation of the deceased organ donor register could be privatised in its commercial review of the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service.

The Department of Health said it agreed with the NHSBT’s suggestion that the service “should consider specialist solutions” for the organ donor register “given the willingness and capability of the private sector to deliver systems of this nature.”

The NHSBT has a target to increase the register by 60% in 2013-14, and the government has said that it believes that the service will need “all the necessary skills and resources” to meet this, including using the private sector.

The NHS Blood …

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