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"#OrganDonation is an altruistic act that should be celebrated..." (p6)

So why not do that, and devote more resources to making donation easier - an approach that has delivered measurable results - instead of a regressive move to #OrganHarvesting?…
Describing a *significantly narrowing* shortfall (cf. graph, also p6) in available organs is not a justification for a change to #OrganHarvesting; nor are emotive appeals. This reads like #PolicyBasedEvidenceMaking.
"We want... to change the culture around organ donation in this country in the longer term." (p7)

Stopping it being a gift, freely given, and instead the State 'deeming' you to have given permission will certainly change that! Presumption ain't 'donation' and will erode trust.
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Intensive Care provides organ support while a reversible process is treated. There is no benefit of intensive care in the context of an irreversible pathology.

For Intensive Care to work, you need both a reversible disease and a patient with the reserve to respond to treatment.
Intensive Care is a burdomsome treatment. It is rare for patients to come out of it unscathed (either physically or psychologically). It is not “sleeping on a breathing machine” - at a cellular level, patients are running consecutive marathons.
Without Intensive Care, some people will die. When it’s clear that either the disease process is irreversible, or the patient doesn’t have the capacity to survive, then that’s when withdrawal of life prolonging therapies is considered.
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