The government of South Australia is now forced to set clear safety standards that prevent medical institutions from using their patient’s organs after post mortem without permission of the subject’s relatives.
Already in 2001, sectors of pathology and research of Australian medical institutions took parts of their patients’ bodies after they passed away. The “organ donation” was conducted without having consulted their families first.
Michelle Lensink, Liberal politician and Member of Parliament, points out: "While legislation was passed in 2005 to prevent this happening again, the Rann Labor Government has failed to develop written consent forms to be used in coronial enquires."
The politician suggested the introduction of a standard consent form that can be filled out by a dead patient’s family and will indicate if organs or other body parts can be donated.
"South Australian families are still waiting for the consent form that will ensure next of kin are properly consulted about the deceased person's wishes."
So far, the government did not react on the requests for a consent declaration form.
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