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Letter for July from the Bishop of Dudley

For the past year I have been serving on the board of the Human Tissue Authority, the body that regulates organisations that remove, store and use human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training, and display in public. They also give approval for organ and bone marrow donation from living people. I have become increasingly fascinated by its work and the many ethical questions that arise as medical science advances what is possible.

Part of my role, along with other board members, is to give the final approval for living organ donations, having ascertained that the donation is being given without reward, coercion or duress – all of which are illegal in the UK. The donor also needs to be capable of giving informed consent, having understood what the procedure involves and its consequences. Read on…


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