“I would opt out because organ donation should be a present and not for the state to assume that they can take my organs without asking”
Could measures who aims resolve the shortage of organs for transplant (see HERE) affect the end of life patients dignity and autonomy? Our report of three different criterion of brain death and the heart arrest donation criteria for organs transplant and now the May´s law “everybody’s organs to be automatically considered for donation” are them showing a global trend?
Recent statements in the UK debate
The UK’s former organ transplant chief said he was ‘horribly opposed’ to Government plans for everybody’s organs to be automatically considered for donation. Professor Chris Rudge even said he would ‘opt-out’ himself if Theresa May‘s plans went ahead. His comments come after the Prime Minister announced last week a consultation on the rules in England, which currently require people to ‘opt-in’. Rudge, who was the national clinical director for transplantation at the Department of Health from 2008 to 2011, said: ‘I think I would opt out because organ donation should be a present and not for the state to assume that they can take my organs without asking me (STEWART PATERSON FOR MAILONLINE)
Organ donation as a free gift opposed to State disposal of patients organs
For his part, the Roman Catholic Church has also raised fears that the proposals could ‘endanger the positive ethos of donation’. Bishop John Sherrington, who speaks for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: ‘It is important that there is a positive ethos of donation as a free gift with informed consent, which could be endangered by a proposal to move from voluntary donation to presumed consent.’