Organ donor dilemma
THE proposal that you will have to opt out of organ donation is utterly wrong.
While it is admirable, indeed laudable that people feel it is appropiate for them to donate whatever organs are still in working order when they die, the presumption that we all want to is ridiculous. Many people object on religious grounds, but my thoughts are more to do with thinking this through.
This lot in government are already hiving off significant parts of the NHS to private ownership.
The blood transfusion service is the latest victim to be sold to an American company. I can envisage an unholy auction of spare parts taking place around the bed of a patient in the hope that he won't survive, and who is to say the more unscrupulous among them won't hasten the demise.
My wife, an avid blood donor in the past is adamant that if the sale of the blood transfusion service goes ahead she will never donate blood again.
For me, the presumption that I want to donate my bits is wrong, although after many years of trying to enjoy life, my innards would probably be more of a hindrance than a help to the unfortunate recipient.
The clue lies in the word donor. We can choose to give, not be requisitioned to do so.
Our bodies belong to us and must never be presumed to be owned by the Government.
Brendan Moriarty, Abbeymead