Human tissue legislation and medical practice: a benefit or a burden?

SAM McLean, AV Campbell, KL Gutridge, H Harper

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The scandals surrounding organ removal and retention throughout the United Kingdom provoked several Inquiries and ultimately led to law reform. Although the medical professions were well represented at the Inquiries, little was heard of the voices of those at the ‘coal face’. In this scoping study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, we interviewed a number of doctors and others engaged in the uses of human tissue and organs to explore their hopes, concerns and fears about the role of the law in their practices. We found that those involved in transplantation were more aware of, and more actively involve with, the law, whereas others, such as pathologists, had less direct engagement with the law. Most of those we interviewed expressed the hope that law reform would provide much-needed clarity. Although some expressed concern that the law might be over-intrusive, most felt that the placing of authority firmly in the hands of the person him or her self to decide what should happen to their bodies was to be welcomed.
Translated title of the contributionHuman tissue legislation and medical practice: a benefit or a burden?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 22
Number of pages22
JournalMedical Law International
Volume8 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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Publisher: A B Academic Publishers


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