I heard a report on the news today that there was a shortage of organs for transplant, particularly livers for some reason (this is in England btw, I don’t know if there are any organ shortages in America). It occurred to me that it would be so much simpler for people if it was made compulsory to donate your organs after death. If a system were adopted whereby once death had been confirmed and the bereaved notified, the organs were harvested for transplant I can see a host of beneficial effects such as:
- It would save many lives.
- The NHS’s valuable resources wouldn’t need to be spent on ferrying organs from one end of the country to another as the chances of a suitable organ being found near the patient would be much higher.
- As well as transplant, more organs would be available for scientific research which could conceivably lead to further lifesaving techniques.
- Because there would be more organs to transplant the waiting list for transplants would shrink rapidly, freeing up resources for other areas.
- It would restore a lot of faith in the health service if people knew they were going to get quick and easy transplants. This would mean that more people who need transplants would go on the NHS and they would save the thousands of pounds they would have spent had they gone private.
There are probably a couple more reasons to adopt this scheme but I’m too tired to think about it right now so I’ll hand the floor over to you. Do you think it would be a good idea or a bad idea?