Opt-Outs and Upgrades: Ethics and Law in the United Kingdom

Stammers, Trevor and James, Matt (2014) Opt-Outs and Upgrades: Ethics and Law in the United Kingdom.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0963180113000911

Abstract

We report on two areas in which UK law and ethics seem out of step with each other. 2013 saw the passing of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill, which will introduce an opt-out system of organ donation in Wales from 2015. In the first section, we discuss the convoluted evolution of the Bill and some potential problems that we consider may prevent it from achieving its intended goal of increasing the number of organs transplanted. The prospect of being able to enhance human cognition through cognitive-enhancing drugs (“smart drugs”) also presents a nexus of questions associated with future ambitions, hopes, and concerns as a society. How these drugs might affect the future of work and employment is beginning to generate wide public engagement in the UK and forms the focus of the second section.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 174 Occupational ethics, 610 Medicine & health
Members: St Mary's University
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 12:51
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/10314

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