Press Release

Minister seeks urgent report from Beaumont Hospital on living donor transplant programme

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., has today (Monday) sought an urgent explanation from Beaumont Hospital on reports that the living donor related transplant programme at the hospital has been suspended.

The Minister said she had identified the development of this programme as a service priority in 2006, as part of the overall development of renal services and the appropriate funding had been put in place. Three additional consultant posts have been approved by the HSE for the programme.

Beaumont Hospital, which is the national centre for kidney transplants, has to date performed 8 living related transplants arising from the Minister’s policy initiative. A target of 15 transplants has been set and agreed for this year. The hospital is expanding its theatre capacity to support the extension of the programme. On this basis, and having regard to the activity levels undertaken to date and planned for 2007, the Minister and the HSE are very concerned by any suggestion of a suspension of this programme.