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Organ Donor Cards

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent initiatives his Department has taken to promote the carrying of organ transplant donor cards; and if he will make a statement.

The Department maintains a continuous campaign to promote the carrying of organ transplant donor cards. Recently a full-page advertisement in the magazine of a leading Scottish Sunday newspaper encouraged the carrying of cards. Some 100,000 cards are distributed annually, free of charge, to a wide variety of outlets throughout Scotland.I am confident that the opening of the heart/lung transplant unit in Glasgow and my recent announcement about the establishment of a liver transplant unit in Scotland will alert more Scottish people to the benefits of transplantation, and thus provide an impetus to the donor campaign.