Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

NHS Pushes for More Organ Donation

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

NHS Pushes for More Organ Donation

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Approximately 1000 people in the UK die every year waiting for an organ transplant. This is the key driving force behind the new push by the NHS for a shake up of the organ donation system, in the hope that more people will join the organ donor register.

Ideas for the new strategy, which will be published in April, could see organ donation become a more widely discussed topic and could even see it incentivised. Not only will this challenge ethical and legal rules, it is feared that it could also change the doctorpatient relationship: patients' are afraid that their care might be jeopardised if they have healthy organs which may be eligible for donation. However, doctors are keen to reassure the public, stating that their primary concern is saving lives and giving patients the best possible quality of care.

Possible strategies currently being discussed by the NHS and the organ donation service include asking patients on admission to hospital whether they wish to be placed on the donor register; recording the wishes of those put into 'end of life care'; including tick boxes on forms other than driving license applications such as marriage applications and passport forms; incentivising donations by offering state subsidy of funeral costs; making organ donation a subject on the school curriculum; and by aiming to get families discussing the topic with each other to reduce the likelihood of a grieving family overriding the deceased's decision. …

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