Organ Donation Shortage in New Zealand

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We the undersigned are appalled that New Zealand has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the developed world. There is an acute shortage of organs for transplant due to the refusal of the government to address the lack of public education, ICU staff training and education, and is grossly underfunding the transplant coordination service in comparison with our neighbour country of Australia.
New Zealand is in danger of being considered 'backward' if it does not put immediate priority on a public awareness campaign that targets public and professional education and increases funding to alleviate the shortage. Continued complacency on the part of the Minister of Health will result in more unnecessary deaths and bring further shame on New Zealand