CFA calls for transplant authority

Thursday 05 November 2009 20.26
Frank Deasy - Death increased donor awareness
Frank Deasy - Death increased donor awareness

The Cystic Fibrosis Association has called for a Transplant Authority to be established in Ireland.

There are 30 cystic fibrosis patients currently on a waiting list for transplants.

A seminar today brought experts from the fields of lung, heart and kidney transplants together in a think-tank on the way forward.

Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe not to have a legislative or policy framework underpinning organ transplantation.

At the gathering, which was organised by the CFA, healthcare professionals also called for a national donor registry to be set up.

The CFA hope to identify shortfalls in the current system and look at ways to encourage increased donations.

The recent death of writer Frank Deasy, who had been waiting seven months for a liver transplant, saw an increase in donor awareness.