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Health: Donor Organs

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicise the change in organ donation regulations to allow the next of kin of an organ donor at the time of consent to request preferential consideration of donation to a named person who is already on the transplant waiting list. [HL2590]

The department has agreed in principle to a change to existing policy whereby donated organs are allocated on the basis of clinical need to one which could allow the directed donation of an organ from a deceased donor in certain exceptional circumstances. However, there are a number of key aspects that still need to be worked through, particularly the need for United Kingdom-wide agreement to a change of policy and the development of safeguards to ensure that implementation is consistently and legally operated. The department is working with the UK health administrations, National Health Service Blood and Transplant, the Human Tissue Authority and representatives from the transplant community to obtain UK-wide support for the policy and to develop guidance for publication later this year.