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Donor Palaver


Donor Palavar

The centuries old motto ‘the dead teach the living’ adorns the doors and desks in many medical schools. Professor Vishy Mahadevan and Louise Evans, from the London Anatomy Office, provide rare insights on what happens when you donate your body to science and why individual consent is so important. The programme also touches upon the government’s proposal to switch to a system of presumed consent which will effectively mean the end to voluntary organ donation. Through interviewing the public on the streets and testing the government’s ideas, Citizen TV makers conclude, presumed consent is bad news. People, the programme suggests, are not just pieces of meat but are led by ethical considerations such as their sense of duty and generosity to others. To remain autonomous, able to make decisions about our own bodies, is surely a sign of a civilised society.

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Naomi said:

This programme really takes you into a world that you don’t really hear of, and shows you things that i think only medical students get to see. Vishy and Louise are great – it made me think of all the great things that happen in medical schools. I don’t think I would mind them practising on me now.

Bob said:

Yeah, I am with Faith, no-one has the right over my body except me. If we start basing decisions on numbers then we lose our humanity and sense that we make a difference – it all seems too regimental, like some old film with the government living your life for you, telling you what to eat, what to do, how to die. hang on this is sounding like now…..

Faith said:

I know so many people who have donated their organs, either through signing up before hand or their families consenting and listening to the public and this programme lots more people want to do it. So for me it is not about just saying ‘ok, own our bodies when we die, but putting pressure on the government to make it less of a palaver.

Geraldine said:

I loved Louise’s description of people who donate their bodies being a pragmatic and jolly bunch of people. Of-course why not but you think it is going to be negative. As for presumed consent I am not sure, if it saves a life then why not?

Vince said:

What an insight into donating your body, slightly made me squirm but I, with Vishy, am going to sign up in the next ten days.

Priscella said:

I think the volunteers who made this hit the nail on the head – presumed consent will strip us of our ability to make moral decisions about our bodies, the very thing the government keep saying we should do more – make moral decisions for the good of society i mean. I think the clue is in the name – organ donation.