NHS Should Take Care of Funeral Expenses of Organ Donors, Says Report

by Kathy Jones on  October 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM Organ Donation News
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A new report by medical ethics body in Britain has said that the NHS should take care of the financial expenses incurred for the funeral of those who have donated their organs.
 NHS Should Take Care of Funeral Expenses of Organ Donors, Says Report
NHS Should Take Care of Funeral Expenses of Organ Donors, Says Report
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The report, released by Nuffield Council on Bioethics, suggested that the government should look into the idea whether people will be willing to let the government manage the funerals and also said that such a scheme could encourage more people to sign up for organ donation.

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The ethics body said that even though many people do sign up for organ donation, there is a severe shortage in the country with at least three people dying every day waiting for an organ transplant.

"The possibility of sparing relatives the financial burden of a funeral might encourage more people to register as donors. Paying for the funerals of organ donors would be ethically justified - no harm can come to the donor, and it would be a form of recognition from society. We think a pilot scheme to test the public response to the idea is worth trying, alongside other schemes", lead investigator of the study, Professor Dame Marilyn Strather said.



Source: Medindia
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