A note to you – would you please write to your MP and voice your concerns about this bill?
I wrote to my MP this morning, and thought I would share what I wrote to him with you.
Dear Mr Hancock,
I am writing to you with regard to a Private Members Bill which, I understand, is about to be presented in the House of Commons (according to this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ health/article-4704718/My-new- lungs-don-t-work-more.html).
I have written urgently to Dan Jarvis MP, and now I am writing also to you, as my MP, to share my very great disquiet.
Informed consent is the basis for everything that is done in the way of treatment (and the withdrawal of treatment) within the NHS. However, no one has ever given informed consent to be an organ donor. Organ donation requires the donor to be alive when their organs are removed. They must still have full respiration, a beating heart etc. in order for their organs to be usable. There have been numerous cases of patients who heard doctors discuss the harvesting of their organs, and who regained consciousness and later fully recovered from their injuries. Those cases are chilling in themselves, but the plain matter of law is the matter of informed consent.
If the public do not understand that they will be alive, not cold and blue as they believe, when those organs are removed, then the continuation of the organ donor system as it stands now is based on deception!
I’ll give you an example that I also shared with Mr Jarvis:
I asked a couple of my friends whether they were on the organ donor register, and they both said no. I said to them, “Well don’t go on it.” They asked why, and I simply asked them ‘Would you like an anaesthetic when your organs are removed?” They said, “But why would I need one, I’d be dead?”
There you have the public’s understanding of organ donation in a nutshell.
Yet the government is now considering moving to an opt out system of presumed consent, which worse, not only denies most people who are ambivalent about the decision a choice, but will also ensure the continuation of the public’s ignorance of the facts of organ donation.
Let me reiterate – the public believe they will be dead in the common understanding of that word when their organs are removed. Doctors know that organs from the dead cannot be used, and so have invented new definitions of death in order to get these organs. How can this be anything other than deception, Mr Hancock?
I ask you to stand against this new bill, which I believe is a crime against the British people.
Mrs Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxx
Having written to Dan Jarvis MP, and now Matthew Hancock MP, I will of course share any responses I recieve on this matter.
God Bless you