Typically Statist Solution

I\’m not sure that, in public policy terms, this is actually a bad idea:

The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of the national register or family members objected.

However, it does grate. The most transplanted organ is the kidney and there\’s a much better solution there, a regulated market.

But then what did we actualy expect of Brown? Your body belongs to the State (unless you object) or a market based solution to the same problem? Betrays a certain mindset.

4 comments on “Typically Statist Solution

  1. Your body belongs to the State.

    No. Your dead body belongs to the state, if that’s how you insist on putting it.

    And what are the objections? Anybody planning to have themselves turned into pate to be sold for the benefits of their dependents? Any other uses that we could put it to? No, we’re going to have ourselves buried or burned. Let the state take some bits and burn or bury the rest.

    Any objections to this is based on the weird obsession we have that dead bodies are something to be cherished rather than the useless (except in the one aspect that certain bits of them can save a life or two) shell of a person who is now gone.

    (unless you object)

    Then object.

  2. “Any objections to this is based on the weird obsession we have that dead bodies are something to be cherished…”

    Well, actually, my objection to this is because the system isn’t broken, my dead body isn’t going to be seized by the Government and I’ll sign up to any opt-out register if it ever comes into existance, simply to prove a point.

    And can anyone really say that this isn’t a bad idea in the making:

    “Hospitals will be rated for the number of deceased patients they “convert” into donors and doctors will be expected to identify potential donors earlier and alert donor co-ordinators as patients approach death.”

    More targets and unnecessary paperwork – just what doctors need…

  3. So now you have to fear going into a public hospital, not just because you may be infected with some ghastly bug because the place is filthy, but also because you may get cut up for spares if you even look like snuffing it, since they have targets to meet.

    Now, where’s that BUPA form got to?

  4. Since targets on child adoptions has lead to children being seized from families and then adopted, we can expect targets for organs to lead to hastened deaths for those with viable spare parts.

    What a lovely New Labour state awaits us. Move over Solzhenitsyn, Larry Niven had it more right:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jigsaw_Man

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