Category Archives: Organ Donation and Transplantation
– Fianna Fáil demands change in the law ahead of Organ Donor Week –
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has demanded a change in the law that would save more lives by allowing state agencies to share information on those who have indicated that they are willing to be organ donors.
Senator Daly was commenting advance of Organ Donor Week which starts on Tuesday.
Currently there are 2.6 million driving licences issued by the Government. Since 2013, applicants for a driving licence have been asked would they be willing to be an organ donor.
“Doctors and medical professionals are currently not allowed to access this information, meaning that those involved in the facilitation of organ transplants often miss out on potential donors,” said Senator Daly who was nominated to the Seanad by the Irish Kidney Association.
“The Minister for Transport needs to act. It is unacceptable and short sighted not to allow driving license information that could save and transform lives be shared with medical professionals involved in organ donations.
“The Government allows driving licence details to be shared with other State bodies such as the Courts Service, the Road Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Authority.
“Most recently Minister Ross allowed access by some private companies such as the management of the M50 motorway, E- Flow.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD added, “We need to give medical professionals and the families of those who want to donate their organs the information that is needed to make the decision in a timely manner.
“This is another example of Minister Ross’ inaction. This is a simple but important change, and I feel the Government’s laissez faire approach to this issue is not acceptable.
Senator Daly concluded, “I am calling on Minister Ross to make the simple legislative changes that are needed to streamline and speed up the organ donation process.”
My Motion on Organ Donation Sees Minister for Health Attend Seanad to Discuss Vacant Posts at Beaumont
As a result of a motion that I put forward on organ donation, the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, had to be called into the Seanad this discuss the important issue on the vacant posts in Beaumont Hospital that need to be filled.
That Seanad Eireann calls on the Government to ensure the vacant Urology, with an interest in Transplantation, posts in Beaumont Hospital, be categorised as very urgent and receive an exemption to the current pay scales on offer, that the recent practice of instructing transplanted patients to attend Hospital Emergency Departments be complemented by providing access to Senior Specialist Nurses or attending Renal Registrars, first and the use of the treatment abroad fund, commences, to provide dual Kidney and Pancreas and Pancreas alone Transplants for people on the current waiting list. So the available, donated Irish organs can be utilised.
Read The Journal article on the matter here.
Seanad Order of Business Speech on Emergency Ambulances in Kerry and Improved Transplant System for Organ Donation
Watch my speech during the Seanad’s Order of Business of the 9th July 2015 on the need for more emergency ambulances in Kerry and the need to improve the transplant system for organ donation in Ireland.
At the Seanad’s Order of Business, I acknowledged the Taoiseach’s recent announcement in Killarney that he will be releasing the files in relation to the Kingsmill massacre in the North. We hope that the British PM David Cameron does the same in the release of files on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
I also spoke about how 1 in 10 people die on our organ transplant waiting list, not because there is a lack of organ donations, but because we do not have a system that works. The Government needs to take action on the pancreatic transplant system as well. I ask the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to come into the House and explain why he is allowing this dysfunctional system to continue.
Watch my speech at the Seanad below: