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Trade in kidneys is ethically intolerable

Martin, Dominique 2016, Trade in kidneys is ethically intolerable, Indian journal of medical ethics, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 180-184.

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Title Trade in kidneys is ethically intolerable
Author(s) Martin, DominiqueORCID iD for Martin, Dominique orcid.org/0000-0001-9363-0770
Journal name Indian journal of medical ethics
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 180
End page 184
Total pages 4
Publisher Forum for Medical Ethics Society
Place of publication Mumbai, India
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0974-8466
Keyword(s) professionalism
ethics
kidney transplantation
organ trafficking
Summary In India, as in most countries where trade in human organs is legally prohibited, policies governing transplantation from living donors are designed to identify and exclude prospective donors who have a commercial interest in donation. The effective implementation of such policies requires resources, training and motivation on the part of health professionals responsible for organ procurement and transplantation. If professionals are unconvinced by or unfamiliar with the ethical justification of the relevant laws and policies, they may fail to perform a robust evaluation of prospective donors and transplant candidates, and to act on suspicions or evidence of illicit activities. I comment here on a recent paper by Aggarwal and Adhikary (2016), in which the authors imply that tolerance of illicit commercialism in living kidney donation programmes is not unreasonable, given the insufficiency of kidneys available for transplantation. I argue that such tolerance is unethical not only because of the harmful consequences of kidney trafficking, but because professional tolerance of commercialism undermines public trust in organ procurement programmes and impairs the development of sustainable donation and transplant systems.
Language eng
Field of Research 220101 Bioethics (Human and Animal)
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
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