Rise in organ donation confidence
CONFIDENCE in donations of organs and tissue has grown in the last three years, according to a survey.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) was set up to govern the donation of organs and tissue in the wake of the Bristol heart scandal.
And according to a survey commissioned by the organisation, confidence in their regulation has increased in the last few years.
The regulator was set up in response to the Bristol and Alder Hey scandals, after it emerged organs had been retained by doctors after children had died.
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Craig Muir, chief executive of the HTA, said: "Today's findings highlight the importance people place on the regulation of human tissue.
"I am delighted to see an increase in levels of confidence in human tissue regulation among the public, and the vast majority of the professional stakeholders interviewed being confident in the HTA as a regulator. The more confidence there is that human tissue will be used safely and ethically, the more likely it is that people will donate for the good of medicine and science. We aim to build on this public and professional confidence by ensuring human tissue continues to be used safely and ethically, and with proper consent.
"The Government's Arms Length Body Review recognised the importance and sensitivity of the work of the HTA, and made proposals for carrying out our functions in the longer term."