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O’Reilly calls for scheme to assist living organ donors to be expanded

19 January, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Deputy Louise O’Reilly called on the Minister for Health to broaden the scheme which assists living organ donors to include people who do not work outside the home.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“For some time now, I have been raising the issue of the lack of cover for living organ donors who do not work outside the home.  I raised this issue, which was raised to me by Nicola from Lusk, who recently donated a kidney to her sibling and who could not benefit fully from the scheme.

“The current scheme provides for those who work outside the home in whatever job or sector, but it has a discriminatory blind spot in that it offers no support for those living organ donors who do not work outside the home.

“Not only is this discriminatory, but it is deeply unfair. Those who work within the home make a huge contribution to society and family life. Their contribution is unquantifiable.

“However, the same as someone who works outside the home, their ability to work in the home is affected by donating an organ. It is only fair that they should receive the same benefits as anyone else.

“The Ministers response (delivered in the Dail by Minister of State, Catherine Byrne) was disappointing and indeed it is worrying that when I raised what I believe is an anomaly which impacts on people who are working outside the formal economy in the home, the Minister tried to imply that to include these people would somehow constitute a financial inducement to become a living donor."

“The refusal by the Minister to correct this anomaly is simply not good enough and I will continue to pursue this on behalf of Nicola and all living donors.”

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