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Heart And Kidney Donors

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will issue a circular on the need to preserve the anonymity of heart and kidney donors in transplant operations unless specifically permitted to do otherwise by the family of the deceased; and if he will make a statement.

Under the code of practice for the removal of cadaveric organs for transplantation recently sent to all hospital doctors (paragraph 37) the staff of hospitals are asked to maintain the anonymity of the donor. I do not think that further guidance from me is necessary.