Category Archives: Organ Donation and Transplantation

Senator Daly is a Nominee of the Irish Kidney Association to Seanad Eireann and has a strong track record since his election working on behalf of patients waiting on transplants and the families of these patients.

Senator Daly urges for improved infrastructure, training and resources in the area to not only increase the level of organ donation in Ireland, but a more effective system for transplants for all those anxiously awaiting them.

‘Inactive’ Ross fury

Nearly one million people indicate on their driving licence that they want to be an organ donor yet the Transport Minister still refuses to allow access to this information by families and heath care professionals.

 

Senator Mark Daly said it was “short sighted” that this information is not readily available to medical professionals.

He added: “I am calling on Minister Ross to make the simple legislative changes that are needed to streamline and speed up the process.”

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Watch Senator Daly asks Minister Ross to work on organ donation

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Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly

– 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

The Motion:

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.

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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.

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