Monthly archives: March 2018

  • Today is the deadline for responses to the Department of Health’s consultation on proposals to change the law in England to move to an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation. The increasing possibilities for saving lives through the transplantation of donated organs and other bodily materials is a major success story for modern medicine. With so much at stake, it is unsurprising that the question of how the donation and transplant system should operate is a source of strong emotion, and the increased public awareness of the great benefits of donation, generated by the consultation, is to be welcomed. But – and this is an important but – I have been taken aback by the way in which the evidence of ‘what works’ (and even the facts about the current law) have been manipulated and inflated: by the media, in parliamentary debate, and even in the consultation materials themselves. (more…)