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Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Headline: Continuous organ donation support urged
Acting Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan urged the public to continue supporting organ donation following the rise in organ donation register withdrawals after the medical incident at United Christian Hospital.
Speaking to the media today, Prof Chan said the increase in withdrawals from the Centralised Organ Donation Register might be related to the medical incident involving a liver transplant patient.
She urged the public to be rational and support organ donation as there are more than 2,000 patients waiting for organ transplant every day.
“There is already investigation going on at the Hospital Authority level about the United Christian Hospital’s incident as well as the whole mechanism of reporting blunders. Therefore, we hope the society and every one would separate the two issues,” she said.
Prof Chan added the bureau is preparing a consultation on the organ donor’s minimum age, cross donation and an opt-out system, where all individuals are considered donors unless they specifically state otherwise, Prof Chan added.
“We are now looking at whether we should have the three issues coming together in one consultation or whether we are going to separate them. In the next month or so, we will start the consultation.”