Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 125–133 | Cite as

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

  • John Coggon
  • Bill Madden
  • Tina Cockburn
  • Cameron Stewart
  • Jerome Amir Singh
  • Anant Bhan
  • Ross E. Upshur
  • Bernadette Richards
Recent Developments

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...


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The views expressed by the authors in the section “TB Management in India: Public Health, Ethics, Social Considerations, and Human Rights” are their own. These authors thank Jocalyn Clark, Peter A. Singer, Shane Green, Peter Small, Madhukar Pai, Anjali Nayyar, Sukriti Chauhan, David Gold, and Renaud Boulanger for their comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript.


Jerome Amir Singh and Anant Bhan drafted the manuscript. Ross E. Upshur provided key input thereon.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the primary source of funding for the project related to “TB Management in India.” Jerome Singh also receives support from the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa, which forms part of the Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ross E. Upshur also receives support from the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics through a Canada Research Chair and from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. The funders had no role in the decision to submit or in the preparation of this paper, other than providing comments on earlier drafts.

Conflict of interest

The authors associated with the section “TB Management in India” work on the ESC2 Program in Global Health, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier versions of the manuscript were circulated to program officers of the funder, who had an opportunity to provide comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Coggon
    • 1
  • Bill Madden
    • 2
  • Tina Cockburn
    • 3
  • Cameron Stewart
    • 4
  • Jerome Amir Singh
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Anant Bhan
    • 8
  • Ross E. Upshur
    • 9
  • Bernadette Richards
    • 10
  1. 1.Research Fellow, Institute for Science, Ethics, and InnovationUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.National Practice Group Leader, Medical Law, Slater & Gordon; Adjunct Fellow, School of LawUniversity of Western SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of Law, Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Centre for Health Governance Law and Ethics, Sydney Law SchoolThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  5. 5.Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  6. 6.Sandra Rotman Centre for Global HealthUniversity Health NetworkTorontoCanada
  7. 7.Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Centre for BioethicsUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  8. 8.McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global HealthUniversity Health Network and University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  9. 9.Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreTorontoCanada
  10. 10.Adelaide Law School, University of AdelaideNorth Tce AdelaideAustralia

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