Transplant watchdog, the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), affirmed that new regulations are being drafted for organ transplantation. The need of new rules arose due to concerns raised over illegal trading of organs. It has been revealed that recipient directly contact the donors online via social websites.
In a statement, HTA today asserted that there has been a sharp rise in patients searching for potential donors and asking strangers to donate livers and kidneys. The authority stated that the new governing rules will be issued next month to take into control the procedure regarding the transplants.
HTA said, "It was examining the legality of a US donor matching website that launched its British version today which allows people seeking organs to speak directly with potential living donors".
According to the NHS transplant scheme, the donors are not informed as to which of the patient will benefit from their deed. The decision is left to be taken by a medical panel, which lets the donated organ to the patient most in need.
It has been emphasized that it is legal for a donor to know, who receives their organ. However, payment for the donation is illegal. Further, even the procedure is not simple; even the donator's life is at risk.
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