Organ donation registry site denies offering cash for kidneys, hearts and lungs after watchdog warning

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An organ donor registry site has denied offering payment for donations as it fended off “scaremongering” claims made by a watchdog.

Organtree insisted allegations made by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) are “untrue” after the regulator issued a stark warning to those thinking of registering with alternatives to the NHS’s Organ Donor Register.

The HTA, which regulates the donation of organs from living people across the UK, said that Organtree encourages “recipients and donor families to reach financial arrangements”.

It suggested that people registering with them and other similar sites “are likely to be breaking the law” and risk prison sentences.

Organtree’s website invites visitors to sign up as donors or recipients after paying a €30 fee.

Donors are encouraged to nominate a beneficiary to receive an “agreed amount to help offset funeral costs” by the person who receives their organ after their death.

Organ recipients are meanwhile invited to offer such a payment.

Organtree denied wrongdoing and explained that its role was to give a platform for would-be donors to register their interest in having their organs used after they die.

It said in a statement: “These serious allegations are untrue and amount to scaremongering of the worst sort.”

The statement adds: “It is acknowledged and accepted that offering a reward is illegal but receiving expenses associated with the death of a loved one is not.

“The HTA’s interpretation of the prevailing law is different to ours but it does not make their view correct.”

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