Paid Organ Donors

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Doctors debate paid organ donors The NHS should be allowed to buy organs from live donors to use in transplant operations, an ethics conference will be told today. Senior doctors are suggesting that such a scheme, if properly run, could ease the huge shortfall in organ supplies. Professor John Harris, from Manchester University, suggests that people should get the right to sell a kidney, part of their liver, or bone marrow. The British Medical Association, which hosts the debate, remains opposed. At the end of March, more than 6,000 people were on the waiting list for an organ transplant, and during the previous 12 months, more than 400 had died waiting for such an operation. The NHS would purchase live organs and tissues just as it does other goods such as…show more content…
"It could then make them available as needed on the basis of urgency or some other fair principle of distribution at no cost to the recipient." He said that such sales should not be subject to tax - and people on benefits should not lose them if they make some money by selling their body tissues. HAVE YOUR SAY Let the market decide. Controlled, open, ethical and fair are the buzz words here Roger, England "Since there is no direct purchasing rich people cannot prey upon poor people in our scheme - all stand an equal chance of benefiting." 'Exploitative However, despite support from some senior transplant surgeons, there is wide opposition within the medical community, which claims it would exploit those who are short of money. The BMA maintains that it does not agree with the concept. Dr Michael Wilks, chairman of its Ethics Committee, said: "The BMA is against payment for organs and is not planning to change its policy. "We are holding a conference today where many issues will be debated, one of them is organ
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