If you are willing to donate one of your organs - and the time comes that you also need a transplant, should that push you up the waiting list? According to one doctor, that should be so, to encourage more people to sign up as donors, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds.
53-year-old Satnam Kang has been waiting for an organ transplant for eight years. He has kidney dialysis every other day to keep him alive. He's been telling ITV News Central about his agonising wait for a organ donor to come forward.
Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, has said that there has been a "huge failure" to boost organ donation rates among Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups.
Dr Sharif has called for priority to be given to people who have already donated an organ if they ever need a transplant themselves.
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
– Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
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.
A Midlands doctor is calling for a radical approach to increase the number of black and Asian people donating their organs.
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.