Robust organ transplantation legislation needed - McLaughlin
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said robust legislation is needed to increase the number or organ donors.
Ms McLaughlin said;
"All parties are committed to increasing the availability of organs for people requiring transplants which are life saving and life changing.
“The organ donation bill as it currently stands remains on course to achieve that objective as it places a responsibility on the health minister to promote organ donation through education and awareness raising on this sensitive issue.
“Expert evidence, both medical and legal, said that a section of Joanne Dobson’s bill was totally inadequate.
“Experts from clinicians to charities heavily criticised the opt-out system proposed by Ms Dobson.
“They suggested that it could have had a negative impact on the intent of the bill which is to save more lives through transplants.
“We need robust not flawed legislation which will achieve that aim, this is what all those who gave evidence called for and that’s what we all must work to bring about.”