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Organ donation to be included in driving licence: Rajitha

17 August 2016 02:25 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Future driving licence applicants would have to declare if he/she was willing to donate organs according to scheduled Cabinet Papers, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

This will be indicated in the new digital driving licence.

“There is a shortage of organs in hospitals in an emergency because fewer people are willing to donate organs these days. Most of the donors are not healthy. Most of the body donations were late, when they are accepted by hospitals. At that time most parts in the body are already decaying,” the minister said.

“Because of that it is decided to insert a statement of consent in the application forms,” he said.

“The organs will only be taken after a qualified doctor’s approval that the donor had died in an accident and there was no damage to the organs. If the driver had given his consent in the driving licence, then the organs could be used,” he said. 

The Statement of consent is to be inserted to the newly introduced digital Driving Licence. The Cabinet Paper is to be presented at the next Cabinet meeting. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  Comments - 9

  • Aruna Wednesday, 17 August 2016 03:28 PM

    Why is to donate when your government tax on everything? Nothing is free in this country than false promises of your government. Make a Rs. 1 million deposit to every intended donor for his funeral expenses which is so very immaterial to the value of the million dollar cars bought for ministers.

    Asanka Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:45 AM

    I really hate this gov and many of their stupid actions done so far, specially this fella, but once a thousand times they do something smart this is one of a smart idea. good one. moreover this idea must came from a officer not from this stupid politicians nor their consultants

    indira Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:05 AM

    Do not agree to this. This gives permission to kill the licence holders in an accident to get organs, even if they can be cured. this may become a new business for Doctors. Very Very dangerous thinking.

    Food 4 Thaught by Doctor Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:56 AM

    Why not have the Same Clause for All Politicians who want to Get in to Parliament / PC/ Municipality and other Sabawas. A consent give on the nomination paper. And after the Nomination to be gazzeted who has told yes and who has said no.

    Piyumi Fernando Thursday, 18 August 2016 12:09 PM

    Donating organ is a good thing but include it in the driving licence as a consent is indeed a stupid idea. In other countries they include the blood group of the driver to save the life of that person. Here they want the driver to die and donate organs.

    Warra Thursday, 18 August 2016 02:48 AM

    Anura, like some sorry to say but you have a very immature thinking capacity. Donor list is the greatest value and an asset someone can give to another. You obviously don't understand how the world evolves around you. Would you not want a donor to save your love ones or your self? Why blame the government for trying to implement something good. All this government is doing is paying off debt the other regime created. There is something for you to think about.

    Manel Thursday, 18 August 2016 03:18 AM

    Sri Lankans expect everything free and then forget the fact that crooked politicians have played them out for personnel gains. Foolish mentality.

    J A Rajitha Werahoda Thursday, 18 August 2016 04:21 PM

    100% agree with you. Instead of applying for a Driving licence, request for a death certificate first.

    KJ Thursday, 18 August 2016 05:41 AM

    Wonderful move.. at least we can try save a life!

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