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Kidney Transplants

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to set up a computer donor bank, where willing donors of kidneys and possibly other organs can be listed, with computer-terminal contact with organ-recipient hospitals so that kidneys and other organs are made available more quickly and with the minimum of problems.

No, I do not consider the expense of introducing such a system would be justified. The working party under Lord Smith of Marlow, which considered ways of increasing the supply of kidneys for transplantation, found no evidence to suggest that a central computerised register would bring about a faster increase in the kidney supply than is achieved under the kidney donor card scheme.