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23 February 2000

MSF WELCOMES GOVERNMENT MOVE ON DONOR ORGANS

Health union MSF has welcomed the Government's plans to stamp out "incipient apartheid" in the donation of organs to the NHS.

MSF's Head of Health, Roger Kline said today (Wed, 23 February): "We particularly welcome the firm assurances by Health Minister, Lord Hunt that any sort of conditions attached to the donation of organs is completely unacceptable in today's multi-cultural society."

Roger Kline welcomed the changes in the make-up of the UK transplant authority and the promise that there will be more training for NHS staff in racial awareness.

"The Sheffield case was disgraceful - a clear breach of the 1976 Race Relations Act. It is intolerable in the Year 2000 that such conditions should have been contemplated", said Roger Kline.

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Roger Kline 0468 69 39 34
Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40

MSF press release can be seen on our web site: www.msf.org.uk

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.

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