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Prisoner organs scheme phased out

China is to start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national system of donations is implemented.

Wang Haibo said in an interview in the November edition of the World Health Organisation's journal Bulletin that Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that mostly uses organs from death row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable.

Wang is a Health Ministry official who is leading the country's efforts to design a nationwide organ donation system.

Organ transplantation in China has long been criticised as opaque, profit-driven and unethical.

Critics argue that death row inmates may feel pressured to become donors, violating personal, religious or cultural beliefs.


From Belfast Telegraph