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BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1028

In the UK, rates of registration as a kidney donor are low in ethnic minorities, even though people of African, black Caribbean, and South Asian heritage are several times more likely to need a kidney transplant than white people. A questionnaire survey finds that this can't be explained by specific cultural or religious barriers. Negative attitudes to organ donation arose from worries that the organs might be used for research, a lack of confidence that medical teams would try as hard to save the life of a donor, concerns about leaving the body intact after death, and questioning the value of being a donor (Journal of Public Health 2006;28:226-34 doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdl045).

The European Doctors Orchestra will be performing their third UK concert at 3 pm on Sunday 26 November at the Royal Academy of Music in London, in aid of Save the Children. The menu includes a raucous romp through Beethoven's Leonora overture No 3, and Sibelius' third symphony, as well as a brand new trombone concerto by Michael Brooks, a member of the orchestra. For tickets please call 020 7873 7300 or email Last year's …

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