Priority for organ donors

A Midlands doctor is calling for a radical approach to increase the number of black and Asian people donating their organs.

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8 years and counting: the agonising wait for a kidney

Satnam Kang (53) has been waiting for a kidney transplant for eight years Credit: ITV News Central

53-year-old Satnam Kang has been having regular dialysis at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He has been waiting for a kidney transplant for eight years. The lack of organ donors coming forward from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds means his wait continues.

Mr Kang's consultant, Dr Adnan Sharif, has said that people who have previously donated organs to help others should receive priority treatment if they ever need a donor organ

themselves.

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Calls for new approach to organ donation

Relatives of non-white people are also less likely than white people to give consent for organ donation from loved ones who have died in appropriate circumstances for donation.

Simply pushing for more registrants on the organ donor register is not the solution because only a third of eventual donors are actually registered at the time of their death.

A new approach should be to tackle the elephant in the room: the problem of apathy or so called free riders - people who are happy to receive an organ but not to donate.

– Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

Priority surgery for organ donors

A Midlands doctor is calling for a radical approach to increase the number of black and Asian people donating their organs.

Organ donating forms Credit: ITV News Central

According to Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the UK should consider a scheme where priority for surgery is given to people already on the organ donor register.

He says there has been a 'huge failure' to boost organ donation rates among Asian and other ethnic minority groups.

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