Donor Cards Backing (from Tivyside Advertiser)
Donor cards backing
PLANS to tackle the shortage of organ donors by introducing an EU-wide donor card are being backed by Wales Euro-MPs Eluned Morgan and Glenys Kinnock.
They are supporting a European Parliament report urging greater co-operation between EU countries to address the shortage of organ donors and crackdown on the illegal trade in the trafficking of organs.
Last year 16 people from Wales died while waiting for an organ transplant, and there are currently 474 people in Wales on the waiting list.
As well as an EU donor card, MEPs also want a European transplant hotline to provide rapid, relevant and accurate information.
Eluned Morgan added: "Despite robust legislation in many parts of the world, the international black market in organs is now well-established, coaxing desperate people to far-flung countries in search of a kidney or another organ.