To: National Kidney Federation
Date: 23 February 2000
I would like to commend the recent decision by ministers (22 February 2000) to stop any conditions being imposed on organ donations. It is sad that legislation such as this was required because common sense, ethical standards and medical professionalism were not sufficient to prevent the occurrences of last summer. This decisive action was necessary to ensure that the NHS remains fair and equitable in providing health to the entire spectrum of British society regardless of age, race, creed or gender. Organ donation must be based on need rather than greed. Donors who are being so altruistic in willing to give of their organs should not then become so petty by attaching any strings or conditions on the use of their organs. This legislation will allow medical professionals to be released from unrealistic and unnecessary demands placed on them and provide the health service the nation deserves and expects.
(kidney transplant recipient)
Organ Donation Campaign Director of South Asian Development Partnership & Executive Committee Member of TIME (Transplants in Mind)
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