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Germany faces shortfall in transplant organs

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1272
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Almost four years after a German transplant law tightening up the laws on informed consent was introduced, a shortage of organs remains. The government had hoped that the new law would restore the faith the public seemed to have lost in organ donation and therefore generate an increase in organs, but the number has only increased by a small margin.

    The number of patients on the waiting lists has risen to about 14 000, with just 4000 transplants taking place each year. About a third of patients with liver and heart disease die while waiting for an organ.

    The national agency for procuring organs, the German …

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