Posted tagged ‘the independent’

Chopped Liver – Can’t Buy Me Liver

January 5, 2011

I see that the debate about being able to sell your own organs has raised its ugly head again. You can read the whole article in The Independent HERE if you like, but here are the Pros and Cons with my considered views attached.

    Should we be allowed to sell our organs?
    The arguments for Yes

* It would boost the supply of organs helping to solve the national shortage – No, there shouldn’t be a national shortage – that is a national disgrace. If we had an opt-out clause when you become age 18 then there is no national shortage.

* It would end the existing black market in organs, making it safer for people to donate – No, there would be no black market in organs if we had an opt-out clause at age 18.

* It would mean donors were paid like everyone else – doctors, nurses, transplant co-ordinators – involved in transplantation. Why should we be paying people for their organs? Incredible – we have a National Health Service, so we should have a national organ donor clause. Oh, and it should be a condition of citizenship that you buy into this clause. No automatic opt-in – no British citizenship.

    The arguments for No

* Encouraging people to sell parts of their bodies is morally wrong and would almost certainly lead to exploitation of the poor. I agree.

* Potential donors would be more likely to conceal conditions or illnesses that might rule them out. I agree.

* It would undermine the existing altruistic donor programme. I agree.

And by the way, before I get picked up on the question of under 18’s who have the misfortune of having organs to donate – it should be a condition that the parent or guardian must agree to the organ being offered – unless, of course, they opt out.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps

Chopped Liver – The Beating of Another Heart

December 29, 2010

John Lewis are known for being Never Knowingly Undersold. I am known for never knowingly supporting the Conservatives.

But they have announced something that I have talked about on and off in these blog posts – that seems so logical as to be baffling it isn’t already in place. It is that hospitals will be able to retrieve organs from patients who die in accident and emergency departments – as well as in intensive care units, as they currently do.

The effect of this will be to significantly increase the number of organs available for transplant – now that can’t be a bad thing, can it?

There are currently 8,000 people on the transplant waiting list, of whom 500 die annually before they obtain an organ, and the numbers are rising by 8 per cent a year.

This is one of a number of initiatives that could potentially increase the number of organs available for transplant – others up for discussion include:-

    The opt-in

Change the donor register from “opt in” to “opt out”, requiring those who object to their organs being used after their death to sign a register.

Pro: People would be much more likely to follow the default position and allow their organs to be used after their death.

Con: It would undermine the “vital relationship of trust” between doctors and patients if doctors could take organs without obtaining specific consent.

    Lower the barrier

Retrieve organs from risky patients, eg lungs from smokers.

Pro: Hundreds of people die on the organ waiting list each year. Not all smokers develop lung cancer – it is better to take a chance.

Con: If you spend years on a transplant waiting list and then go through the trauma of an operation the last thing you want is to discover that you have been given a diseased organ.

Legalise the selling of organs
Launch a legal market in organs to boost the global supply.

Pro: High-quality care would be available to donors protecting them from exploitation, illness and death on the black market.

Con: It would be medically sanctioned exploitation of the poor by the rich, and it would increase the risk of donors concealing disease or lifestyle risks.

Click Here to read the full article that appeared in The Independent

I can’t understand why they did not ask me for my considered opinion on this occasion – it would’ve given me another reason to dust off that cream jacket once again!

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps

Chopped Liver – Fame

October 31, 2010

The Bowie song – not that garb from Irene Cara – no, that’s not me.

But this weekend I reached for the Stars – hey isn’t that also a son…. no let’s not go there either.

I got a call on Saturday afternoon from the kind peeps at The British Liver Trust who, when asked who the Indy on Sunday should speak to about stem cell research into creating new livers from skin cells, they should volunteer my good self. Not that I know anything about that particlular subject y’unnerstan’, but as someone waiting for a love… sorry, liver – I was the kind of peep they wanted to talk to.

So, here’s the article with quotes, for anyone who missed it – Scientists grow human livers in laboratory The printed form had my scary-for-Halloween photo alongside.

And so this has led me to the heights of stardom. Tonight I went to the most amazing of street festivals with friends of ours in the Suburbs – Halloween – and the whole area – and beyond – came out – all dressed up – to join in the countless parties – all centering around TV Personality, Wossy’s, house – where the man himself had laid on the most wonderful entertainment – jugglers, stilted monsters, candy floss stall and loads of peeps just hanging out in his cramped front driveway – and then, just as I arrive, Wossy, obviously an avid Indy on Sunday reader, must have recognised me from my photo in said newspaper, appeared in front of his house, dressed as Satan, and posed for photos with ONLY ME!!!

a wight, wollicking wave-up in Wossy's dwiveway

(and dozens of others, I guess – including a very excited wife of mine).

You know, in this day and age of trouble and strife, hatred and fear, distrust and general loathing of our neighbours (no, not the ones with parcel – be serious!) it was so refreshing and warm to feel unrestrained joy in the streets of London.

I will take note from Mr. Wossy – and treat my new-found stardom with humility, compassion and understanding – in the knowledge that, in all likelihood, by this time tomorrow I may well be back in the obscurity to which I have been accustomed.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.