Danish government orders closure of transplant centre

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:499
  1. M Dolley

    The Danish health ministry has ordered the closure of one of the country's two liver transplant centres. The decision follows a lengthy wrangle about whether the Aarhus unit, where the mortality is twice as high as the European average, should have been created in the first place.

    The unit, based in Denmark's second largest hospital, has been the subject of a highly critical evaluation of its performance by an international panel of experts, who said that it could jeopardise the Nordic liver exchange scheme. Now doctors are worried that the publicity surrounding the closure will make people even more reluctant to register as donors.

    The survival rate at the Aarhus …

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