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Talk to donor family early, says Birmingham surgeon

18th July 2007

A leading Midlands surgeon has claimed the medical profession is using ''a sledgehammer to crack a nut'' in tackling the UK's organ donor crisis.
Simon Bramhall, a consultant liver transplant surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston - the largest solid organ transplant in Europe - spoke out as the Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson claimed the answer was to treat people as donors.
Sir Liam suggested the NHS needs to triple the number of donors on its voluntary register. According to figures in his annual report on the nation's health, 70 per cent of people want to be donors after death but only one in five have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.
But Mr Bramhall, who also sits on the Government's Donor Task Force, said he was ''not convinced Sir Liam proposals are necessarily the only option''. He added, ''When you speak to the general public, 90 per cent say they are in favour of organ donation. It's only when they find themselves in the situation when a loved one has died that problems with family consent actually occur.''

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Title: Talk to donor family early, says Birmingham surgeon
Author: Anne Waller
Article Id: 3504
Date Added: 18th Jul 2007


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