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Organ donors' funeral expenses should be met by the NHS, says report|
Scientists and ethicists say paying funeral expenses could boost the number of people volunteering to donate their organs
The NHS should pay for the funerals of organ donors to boost the number of organs available for life-saving transplant operations, says a report from scientists and ethics experts.
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has suggested that the government should pilot a scheme to examine whether there is public support for the idea of meeting funeral expenses, and whether it would increase the number of people signing up to the organ donor register. But the report rejected the notion of a system in which organ donation is the default option unless someone has specifically opted out.
Three people a day in the UK die while waiting for an organ transplant, and there are 8,000 people on the waiting list. "Despite the fact that many people do already generously donate their bodies or parts of their bodies for treatment or research, there's nevertheless a significant shortage in some areas," said Hugh Whittall, a director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
As science and medicine develop, he added, the need for bodily material will increase.
The Nuffield council was given the task of examining how far scientists and clinicians should go in trying to meet this need and encouraging people to donate everything from organs to eggs, sperm, blood, other tissue or their whole bodies.
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