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Benenden Healthcare brings together leading experts to discuss organ donation

25th September 2012

Leading mutual organisation, Benenden Healthcare Society is tackling the issue of organ donation in its latest WebTV show.

The show, at 1pm on Tuesday 18th September, will be bringing together two leading experts to discuss whether the UK should adopt an ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson is the Director of Professional Activities for the British Medical Association which supports the opt-out system, while Nigel Burton the Vice-Chairman of the Donor Family Network believes the status-quo should be maintained.

Lawrence Christensen, Head of Communications & Strategy at Benenden Healthcare said: “Three people die every day in the UK while awaiting an organ transplant and to tackle the problem the government is reviewing how donation works.

“A donor currently has to make it known that their organs can be used after their death - the so-called opt-in system. But now an opt-out system under which your organs can be used unless you expressly ask for them not to be is being considered. This approach should increase the availability of organs for lifesaving transplants but is the concept of presumed consent simply presuming too much?

“The issue is a hugely controversial one, due to sensitivities relating to religion and cultural practices, but those in favour of an opt-out system believe the facts are simple - if it can save more lives, then it should be brought in by the government.

“Benenden Healthcare discussed this as our ‘big debate’ in the last issue of benhealth, our magazine for members, and now we’re bringing the debate to a wider audience as part of our commitment to raising awareness of important health issues.”

Anyone can watch the show at 1pm on Tuesday 18th September on Benenden Healthcare’s Facebook page.

Or non-Facebook users can visit: http://www.studiotalk.tv/show/the-big-debate-on-organ-donation

Benenden Healthcare is taking questions which may be answered live during the show – anyone can submit questions at the locations above.

 

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