Organ donors should be offered funeral expenses
Patients who donate their organs should have their funeral expenses paid for by the NHS, according to a leading ethics body.
The Nuffield Council of Bioethics report ruled out directly paying donors for their organs, stating that covering funeral costs would be "ethically justified".
Keith Rigg, a transplant surgeon from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and one of the report's authors, said: "There is a well known shortage of organs."
Mr Rigg admitted that there was "no evidence for how effective" such a proposal would be and recommended trialling it in a pilot scheme.
10 Oct 2011