Governments urged to crack down on 'transplant tourism'
SURGEONS, lawyers and ethicists from 78 countries have said a resounding “no” to transplant tourism. In a global declaration, they are calling on governments to ban transplants of kidneys and other organs taken from vulnerable people, who may be so poor that they have to sell their organs. The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism also calls for surgeons to be stripped of their medical qualifications if they persist. Signed by 152 professionals in Istanbul, Turkey, at the beginning of May, the draft was issued on 7 July by bodies including The Transplantation Society,