A NHS Foundation Trust v MC [2020] EWCOP 33: Revisiting Best Interests and ‘Altruistic’ Incapacitous Stem Cell Donation

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In A NHS Foundation Trust v MC, the Court of Protection revisits the question of whether adults should be allowed to act as bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donors if they lack decision-making capacity. This case note explores the positive and problematic implications of the case based on points that were raised in the judicial rea- soning that specifically relate to i) practical implications concerning the key players in this environment, ii) the risk analysis within the best interest determination, iii) altruism and iv) the wider context as it relates to minor donors who lack capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdoi:10.1093/medlaw/fwab001
JournalMedical Law Review
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society


  • best interests
  • altruism
  • stem cell donation
  • minor tissue donors
  • Tissue Donors
  • Human Tissue Authority

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