There have been calls for the setting up of a national organ transplant authority, with patients saying the system needs to work quicker and with less stress for health staff.
Currently the same individual who deals with the family of a deceased donor is also tasked with handing over an organ to someone on the waiting list, which campaigners say is unfair.The Seanad will debate the issue in coming days, with calls for a state authority to be set up to oversee organ donation and designation.
Regina Hennelly, who received a kidney transplant last year, claims the system is seriously flawed.
When you are on the transplant list, I describe it as being in limbo,” she said. “You know your name is somewhere in [the] hospital, but that’s all you know.
“You spend all this time every day … on dialysis, waiting for that call.”
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