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Consultant suggests priority system for ethnic minorities

A paper published by nephrology consultant, Adnan Sharif has suggested that consideration should be given to adopting an Israeli approach that gives priority for receipt of an organ to those who have already donated or pledged to donate, should they need a transplant themselves.

Those from black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are three to four times more likely to need a kidney transplant because illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease, which may result in organ failure, occur more often in those communities.  Yet currently, less than 2% of Scots registered are from these communities.

As a result minority ethnic people are likely to wait nearly twice as long as white people for a kidney to become available as donated organs need to be carefully matched to ensure blood and tissue groups are compatible.  The likelihood of a close match being found and the transplant being successful increases if the patients are from the same ethnic group. 

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