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Warning over organ donor rates

There has been a "huge failure" to boost organ donation rates among black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups, an expert has said.

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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

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