News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

61% of families say no to organ donation

61% of families say no to organ donation

Figures released to organ donation campaigner Andy Tookey reveal that for last year 61% of families said No to the donation of organs of family members.

Tookey notes that this is the highest refusal rate of anywhere in the world that he has researched. “As an example, the UK are currently striving for a maximum family refusal rate of only 16%.”

Other figures on organ donation released under the Official Information Act are just as concerning.

Out of the 367 deaths where organ donation was possible. (Brain death in an Intensive Care Unit.) Organ donation was only discussed with the family 37% of the time.

Of the remaining 135 potential donors only 53 became donors due the families saying no.

Of further concern to Mr Tookey was the amount of people who were potential donors who were not even tested for brain death. A whopping 33% were not tested even though the government has recently invested several million dollars more for the purpose of ‘identifying potential donors.’

“It turns out that 3 of the 53 donors didn’t actually donate any organs to anyone so the figures are ‘massaged’ upwards’ to make a very, very poor system look like just a very poor system.
It must be clearly understood: New Zealand will never have a world-class donation and transplantation service if more than 6 out of every 10 families say no to donation. ” Says Tookey.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland