Post by James Hammerton
From May's recent conference speech (via
``But our ability to help people who need transplants is limited by the
number of organ donors that come forward. That is why last year 500
people died because a suitable organ was not available. And there are
6,500 on the transplant list today. So to address this challenge that
affects all communities in our country, we will change that system.
Shifting the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation. Working
on behalf of the most vulnerable.
That’s what I’m in this for.''
So presumably this means that instead of organ donation being something
one actively chooses, it will be something one has to opt out of.
I expect this will increase the supply of organs, but won't this then
mean that campaigners in future can point to people who would have got
an organ were it not for those opting out of organ donation as an
argument in favour of compulsory donation?
Does increasing the supply of organs and thus enabling more of those who
need a transplant to get one trump the right to have a choice in this
This will pacify the, "my little boy would be alive today, had some
selfish bastard given up his kidney following a fatal road accident",
brigade and sets a dreadful precedence! Fill between the inverted
commas with whatever sickeningly emotional crap you feel will make you
feel better, of course.
Firstly, 'live organs', cannot be gotten from dead bodies. Viable live
organs can only come from viable live bodies! Oh yes!
Secondly, many here will probably have no knowledge, the whole of Wales
was the pilot for this scheme about two years ago, when every citizen
eligible to have his organs removed by the State would have to apply to
the Welsh Government if he so wished not to be in this scheme. Fair
enough, we were all informed, okay, so no skullduggery there. Simply
make ones application then he is off the list, *forever*. Fuck off, let
me tell you my tale!
On receipt of my letter, I made an immediate application to remove
myself from this Permission Presumed list. Good, status quo, resumed!
Two weeks later, I have no idea why, I received yet another invite to
remove myself from the list if I so wished. On making inquiries, there
was no record whatsoever I had made an application in the first place!
I made another application to be assured they had all this information
'on the screen', how the fuck does that give it more credence, I
wondered, and was assured, once again, I was off the list.
Doubting Thomas paid me a visit about a month later. I contacted the
body snatcher team, explained my concerns because of past history with
them and asked, was I still off the list. We are very sorry, Mr.
******, but we can't find you on the data base even though I had now
given them my NHS number. I was fucking livid!
I told them, they will take me off this list or I was happy to go
public. I will also demand the boss, A Doctor in Swansea overseeing
this mire of ineptitude, personally contact me to inform me I was off
Three weeks later I received a snail mail letter from Doctor *****,
apologising for the mix up and that I was finally taken off the Consent
Presumed list. Cheeky cow even inviting me back onto the list if I
changed my mind.
It even crossed my mind at one stage, these bastards had been set
targets and if a couple of applications left the trail to get the
numbers up to stay with the list, then let it be. One for the
Thirdly. Could it ever happen when a near death is hurried along for
the few good organs I have?
The problem I have with Ethics Committees is that they are geared for
those of us who would adhere to an ethical code, assuming, of course, we
each and all understand where the thin line of this abstract ideal,
starts or ends!
If that is your choice, to give up body parts, that is fine with me but
to devise a procedure, whereby your State grave robbers help themselves
to mine, unless I make a convoluted fuss to keep them intact, is loathsome.
I discovered along the way, your GP will have this information, as to
whether you opt out, so a quick word when you meet, might save you a lot
of stress if you don't want to get involved with the Swansea team.