Brain dead patients could be kept alive to harvest their organs for NHS
The 19 million people on the Organ Donation Register could also be given preference in the event of needing an organ, over those who are not.
Patients approaching death are often put on artificial ventilation for a short period to enable their relatives to say goodbye.
However, what is being considered is different. Known as elective ventilation, it involves starting ventilation once it is recognised that the patient is close to death, with the specific intention of facilitating organ donation.
The ethically controversial practice is also being considered by the British Medical Association, which wants a debate on the issue.
Mike wrote: Organs with bullet holes in them will not likely be of much use. Next?
That's right Mike, they can move on and use the other organs and body parts next from the same body. It is after all rare for someone to be shot in all of their corneas, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, skin, bones, veins and tendons - even in America.
Wadroe wrote: "But surgeons say this has come at a price of accepting lower quality organs from older, fatter people, because the number of people under 75 dying has dropped by 15 per cent in recent years" Isn't that inconsiderate of them. Perhaps the politicians could find a way of legislating a younger death rate?
Suggestion: Enact the right to bear automatic and semi-automatic firearms for all citizens (including those citizens currently undergoing psychiatric treatment).