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Press Release - 20 May 2020: News


20th May 2020 – We welcome the statement by the Office of the Chief Rabbi encouraging people to sign up to the organ donor register and record their personal preferences. 

The law on organ donation will change on 20th May 2020. It is therefore critically important to communicate the law change to the Jewish community and encourage an open discussion on Judaism's positive view on organ donation.

We also commend NHS Blood and Transplant who has worked closely with religious groups to allow registering faith preferences. This ensures people feel confident that they are able to donate their organs within a religious framework.  

We are all feeling the immediate devastating impact of COVID-19. The virus is also having a significant knock on effect in reducing the number of life saving transplants. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community and have conversations with our close family about our intentions so we can help save lives in the future. 


Dr Richard Schoub, Consultant Intensivist, Barnet Hospital & Chair of JODA UK Medical Advisory Board

Dr Marc Wittenberg, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Free Hospital & Medical Director of JODA UK

Mr Eddie Hammerman, Director of JODA UK

Mr Jeremy Crane, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Hammersmith Hospital

Mr David van Dellen, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Mr Charlie Imber, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Royal Free Hospital 

Prof Liz Lightstone, Consultant Nephrologist, Hammersmith Hospital

Dr Nick Mansfield, Consultant Nephrologist, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital

Mr Jonny Olsburgh, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital

Dr Ruth Pepper, Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital
Professor Alan Salama, Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital

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