What is the secret to Spanish success in effective organ donation? Professional and experienced teams based in every Spanish hospital that work hand in hand with a national coordination body. EuroparlTV finds out more from MEP Andrés Perelló Rodríguez.
Andrés Perelló Rodriguez, what are you trying to achieve with this increased cooperation? We are trying to ensure that people stay alive, that those in need of an organ do survive, that those 56 000 Europeans waiting for an organ to live, who have the right conditions to live stay alive. You say we need these new coordinators in every country. Some Member States say they've got good systems already. If this was true we wouldn’t still have 56,000 Europeans waiting, maybe we'd have some but not so many. We need to make this system more efficient. If we compare national systems we see that some work better than others, because it’s not just a question of solidarity between citizens, we must make the most of solidarity by coordinating at hospital and national level. We saw the Spanish example. What's the one thing you would highlight that makes the system work well in Spain? People think the reason is we show great solidarity, and we do, but there are 13 EU countries that show more solidarity than the Spaniards. But what we have are good teams in every hospital that know how to ask for organs and talk to families, and hospital coordinators working with the national body that has clear practices and a fair waiting list, which people accept as necessary, reasonable and well organised, so it is entrusted with organs. What about living donors? There is a possibility of abuse of the system, like people being paid money for their organs. No, the directive and the action plan that the EP is passing prevent this. All groups agreed that donations will always be unpaid and voluntary, and the national systems will make sure that this doesn’t happen. But we need living donors as there are fewer accidents in some countries and because it’s proved useful. We can prolong life with living organ donations. So with proper policing and respect of the rules we can achieve this. Andrés Perelló Rodriguez, thank you. -Thank you.