Pressing shortage of organ donors

11th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 May 2007, UTRECHT – One in four Dutch residents does not want to be registered as a kidney, heart, lung or liver donor. This emerged on Friday from a study by The Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL).

11 May 2007

UTRECHT – One in four Dutch residents does not want to be registered as a kidney, heart, lung or liver donor. This emerged on Friday from a study by The Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL).

Three years ago 13 percent said they were unwilling to register as donors, even if that were mandatory. That figure has now increased to 26 percent. Dutch are also less willing than in the past to allow organ donation from a deceased family member.

200 organ donations took place last year, 228 took place in 2004. But the need has grown significantly.

In 2006 1,440 people were waiting for a suitable donation. Every year hundreds of people die because a suitable organ was not available in time. The rapidly growing number of diabetes patients has resulted in an urgent demand for kidneys in particular.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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