Ethical concerns over Kiwis travelling to China for organ transplants

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Newstalk ZB,
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National,
Publish Date
Friday, 13 July 2018, 8:20AM
Professor Phillipa Malpas says  there's a strong likelihood that a small number of patients will travel from New Zealand to China each year to receive an organ. Photo \ Getty Images
Professor Phillipa Malpas says there's a strong likelihood that a small number of patients will travel from New Zealand to China each year to receive an organ. Photo \ Getty Images

Ethical concern from an Auckland University researcher that New Zealand patients may be travelling to China for an organ transplant.

Professor Phillipa Malpas says while Chinese officials have given assurances that organs wouldn't be taken from executed prisoners, that appears to be happening.

She says there's a strong likelihood that a small number of patients will travel from New Zealand to China each year to receive an organ.

Dr Malpas says this has ethical and legal ramifications - particularly for New Zealand health professionals who suspect, or know, their patient is considering procuring an organ from China, or if their patient returns with a transplanted organ.

She's recommending professional medical bodies provide formal guidance for health professionals on this issue.

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