Keith Rigg, transplant surgeon from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
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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
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