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Welcome For The Debate on Organ Donation

21 February, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed the debate on the opt out scheme for organ donors.

Ms Ramsey stated,

“Organ donation saves many lives every year but for every person that receives a life saving organ three people die waiting for one. 

“The debate today gave people the opportunity to look at options to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.

“While I supported the motion to change the criteria from opt in to opt out I believe that family discussion on the issue is key to any successful scheme.  It is important that people who are in favour of donating their organs tell their next of kin so if there is a tragic accident the onus is less on the family to make the decision to donate the organ

“I would also like to see specialist transplant coordinators based in every hospital trauma unit that are trained in grief counseling.  This model introduced in Spain led to a large increase in the number of families who consented to donate organs of a loved one

“It is important that we look at introducing a system that will maximise the number of organs available.

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