The BBC reports that the UK organ donation taskforce (a government advisory committee) have rejected plans for a system of ‘opt out’ in the UK. such a system would presume that everyone would consent to organ donation unless they had ‘opted out’.

The committee reported that there was little evidence that the system would increase the availability of human organs. The taskforce also felt that opt out would undermine the concept of gifting in organ donation and would possibly erode trust in health professionals. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is however, a supporter of the scheme and has not ruled out a move towards opt out.

could opt out increase availaibilty of transplantable organs in the UK? what would be the possible problems associated with such a system? is this the end of the dabate for opt out in the UK?