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Policy changes on the reimbursement of expenses of living kidney donors 'sensible and compassionate' - Louise O'Reilly TD

27 March, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has welcomed the proposed changes to the policy on the Reimbursement of Expenses of Living Kidney Donors, in particular the decision to offer childcare reimbursement for costs for those who work in the home.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“For over a year I have been liaising with the Minister for Health and calling on him to amend the policy on the Reimbursement of Expenses of Living Kidney Donors to include reimbursement of costs for those who work in the home.

“It is great to see that at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week today that the Minister has made the sensible and compassionate decision to amend legislation to ensure a set reimbursement of childcare costs for living donors, as well as a set reimbursement of costs incurred by self-employed donors to employ a person to replace them in their business.

“This decision will make an untold difference to the lives of people who are self-employed or who work in the home if they decide to donate an organ.

“I am delighted that the campaigning of many living organ donors and others has paid off, and that the living kidney donor scheme will be immeasurably improved as a result.

“I would also like to thank the work and campaigning of the inspirational Nicola McKenna from Lusk who is a living donor and who brought this matter to my attention when she shared her experiences of donating a kidney with me.

“The proposed changes to the policy on the Reimbursement of Expenses of Living Kidney Donors is sensible and compassionate and a positive start to Organ Donor Awareness Week.”

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