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?