Govt Urged To Accept Organ Donation Recommendations

The government has been urged to accept the recommendations contained within the Health Committee’s report on organ donation.

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said: "The Committee’s Report on Organ Donation points the way forward and I urge Minister Reilly to endorse it and move forward for the sake of the many whose lives can be saved and the many whose lives can be enhanced by organ transplant.

He went on to say that Sinn Féin support the 'opt-out', or presumed consent, system for organ donation but added that a public consultation on any change should be held. The government is considering a change to the system from an 'opt-in' approach in which people must sign up to donate their organs, to an 'opt-out' system, which requires people to remove themselves from the register for organ donations.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said: "We believe that a complete and comprehensive public consultation should take place on the issue of organ donation.

"We must address all aspects of this issue, most especially the need for greater resources to be devoted to organ transplant by Government. This would result in significant long-term savings for the State but, far more importantly; it would save and enhance more lives.”


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