“Slippery Slope? What Slippery Slope?” Part 58748

Bereaved families have vetoed the donation of organs from hundreds of registered donors in the last five years, new figures show.

And how does the NHS take this? As one would expect, of course:

The body said it would no longer seek a family’s formal consent in order to reduce the number of “overrides” , according to the BBC.

The bereaved will be given a leaflet which explains consent remains with the deceased, although they can still block donation by providing reasons in writing.

In other words, it’ll obfuscate and ‘nudge’ to ensure it gets what it wants. As anyone with half a brain knew it would do.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHSBT, told the broadcaster: “We are taking a tougher approach – but also a more honest approach.

“My nurses are speaking for the person who has died. People who join the register want and expect to become organ donors. We do not want to let them down.

“We have every sympathy for families – and of course we do not want to make their grief worse. We think this will make what is a hugely distressing day easier for them, by reducing the burden on them.

Yes, you’re doing it for their own good, aren’t you?

“The principle that the individual affected is the one who consents applies throughout medicine, and it is not different because someone has died.”

It’s bloody different when you want to put granny on the Liverpool Care Pathway though, isn’t it?

5 comments for ““Slippery Slope? What Slippery Slope?” Part 58748

  1. Rickie
    January 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

    My mother in law would have been horrified that her wishes about organ donation had not been carried out .

    Perhaps we should also ignore wills too.

    The best solution would be no organ transplants unless you have been on the register for 6 months, then the organs get used by those who would have helped you. those with strong principles about not helping others can die or live with the consequences.

    This reminds me of “union bashers” who hate unions with such venom but quite happily accept wage deals and benefits organised by them.


    • January 18, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Why would we ‘ignore wills’? The deceased is bequeathing property they own. On death, they don’t own their body. Their next of kin does.

  2. January 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Leave my organs alone!

  3. DaveK
    January 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

    The slippery slope is also the way that the individuals wishes can be ignored then? For Mike and James they are happy for a relative to say “crack on chop him up”, or for a feckless offspring to go to a judge and demand your estate even if you wanted to teach them a lesson.

    • January 18, 2016 at 7:10 am

      Personally,. I wouldn’t ignore the wishes of my next of kin. But legally, I’m entitled to do so.

      Why is the NHS not lobbying for a change in the law? I think we know why don’t we…

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