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Overview | Organ Shortages Critical | Information for the South Asian Community | Organs by Race?
Asian Attitudes to Organ Donation | Organ Donation and Transplantation - The Multi-Faith Perspective
Important Facts | Our Problem & Our Responsibility | Organs for Sale | One Man's Story
One Man's Story - Ten Years On | Anup Nahar's Story | Walk in Love and Hope
Living Transplants Reach All Time High | Ethnicity & Renal Failure: Disparity or Diversity
Early Management of Renal Failure: Prevention or Prevarication? | Asian Organ Donors Urgently Needed
Kidney Disease: the silent killer affecting YOU - and how to prevent it | The Body Snatchers
SADP Endorses PM'S Proposal for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation
Celebrities Back New Campaign To Urge Asian Communities To Join The NHS Organ Donor Register
New Book - 'Thankyou for Life' | SADP supports Healthtalkonline.org - organ donation & transplantation

Comment 
by Deepak Mahtani
The news of respectable health organisations that choose to discriminate on the basis of colour in this day and age is utterly deplorable. As a South Asian who has personally benefited by receiving a kidney transplant, I am indebted to the fair national health service we have in this country. I find it appalling that institutions such as The UK Transplant Support Services Authority and the Northern General Hospital have been found to be bowing down to demands and conditions set out by a donor that can only be defined as racist. The medical profession must uphold its high standards and rise above the ignorance and immaturity that this case demonstrates. These health authorities should be in a position of authority to lay down their own conditions of receiving organs with no strings attached.

If such practices are allowed to continue, we will come to a day when donors would be allowed perhaps to specify the age, sex, race, religion and even the colour of hair of the recipients! This must not be allowed. I am pleased that the Health Secretary Frank Dobson is taking a firm stance in this issue to ensure it is not repeated. The selection criteria for organ transplants should only be made on a purely medical basis based on the best tissue typing and blood grouping rather than on the colour of a person's skin. Donors should leave the decision of who receives the organs to medically qualified professionals who are there to work in the best interests of everyone in society - regardless of race, creed, colour or sex.

Organs have no colour apart from the colour of blood.

Deepak Mahtani
South Asian Development Partnership (Organ Donation Campaign Director)
& Transplants in Mind (T.I.M.E.) - Executive Committee

Overview | Organ Shortages Critical | Information for the South Asian Community | Organs by Race?
Asian Attitudes to Organ Donation | Organ Donation and Transplantation - The Multi-Faith Perspective
Important Facts | Our Problem & Our Responsibility | Organs for Sale | One Man's Story
One Man's Story - Ten Years On | Anup Nahar's Story | Walk in Love and Hope
Living Transplants Reach All Time High | Ethnicity & Renal Failure: Disparity or Diversity
Early Management of Renal Failure: Prevention or Prevarication? | Asian Organ Donors Urgently Needed
Kidney Disease: the silent killer affecting YOU - and how to prevent it | The Body Snatchers
SADP Endorses PM'S Proposal for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation
Celebrities Back New Campaign To Urge Asian Communities To Join The NHS Organ Donor Register
New Book - 'Thankyou for Life' | SADP supports Healthtalkonline.org - organ donation & transplantation
   


 
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