HC Deb 22 June 2004 vol 422 c1347W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to ensure that people who wish to donate their hearts for transplant are able to do so; and if he will make a statement.[178092]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The Department's plans for ensuring that all those who wish to donate organs and tissues, if suitable, for transplantation after their death, are set out in "Saving Lives, Valuing donors—A Transplant Framework for England". Examples include encouraging units to confirm whether a potential donor had registered on the organ donor register before approaching relatives and providing funding through UK transplant for national health service trusts to employ donor liaison nurses to raise awareness of the benefits of organ donation provide the link between critical care teams and donor transplant co-ordinators.