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Debating Matters UK: Presumed Consent


9. Presumed consent

School students participating in the Debating Matters East Regional finals in Cambridge take up the issues surrounding what’s known as ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation. Feisty 16 year-old debaters consider whether the idea can be justified if it saves lives or whether this would let the government off the hook for failing to campaign effectively for organ donors in the face of shortages. To set the scene volunteersĀ  check out public opinion on the streets of London.

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bolitroiki said:

I think that the Goverment shouldn’t have the right to decide what you want to do with your organs. But, at the same time, I strongly believe that we need much more organ donors…

The Govermnet should educate the population, not telling them what to do but explainning to them that it is necessary to donate. Someone is dying and someone else can be saved…

Agreeing with the last comment, I think that it should be eassier or, at least, more opportunities should be provided to become a donnor. Many people are not concern or maybe they just don’t think about this issue. That’s why it’s the Goverment’s responsability to open the debate and do it more approachable to the society.

zett said:

I agree that people shouldn’t be presumed property of the government. I think there are other ways to get more people to be donors. How? By bringing it to the attention of the people, and by making it easier for them to become a donor. Like, when people pass their driving licence they are automatically asked if they want to be a donor if they get into an accident. Why shouldn’t something similar be done when, for example, people get their NI number? Or a job? Many people don’t drive but all need a National Insurance number and a job. And then one could select in which cases of death one wants to be a donor.