, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 125-133
Date: 18 Apr 2012

Organ Donation, Discrimination After Death, Anti-Vaccination Sentiments, and Tuberculosis Management

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The British Medical Association Reinvigorates Public Debates on U.K. Organ Donation Policy

The British Medical Association (BMA), Britain’s union and professional association for doctors and medical students, is well-positioned both to spark and contribute to important social and political debates. In a recently published and highly publicised report, it has sought to do so in relation to policies concerning organ transplantation (BMA 2012). Inevitably, much of the debate that this report prompted in the media focused on the ethically more controversial questions: For example, its publication has reignited discussions on “elective ventilation.” But the report, whilst presenting the BMA’s ethical stance on a wide range of practical and policy questions concerning organ donation, is far from a controversial or partisan polemic. Rather, it is written in the spirit of engaged, public discussion, with a view to developing a consensus, improving U.K. health care, and saving many lives. It pro