MP from OPPOSITION BLOC Tetiana Bakhteeva stated this, commenting to journalists on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada the draft Law No. 2386-a, which concerns amendments to the transplantation legislation of Ukraine.
"The very law on transplantation, adopted in Ukraine in 1999, is very important and necessary. Since then, another 5 draft laws have been adopted, which supplement and improve it. But now the pro-government forces are trying to promote one more draft law for which our faction will not vote, and there are many reasoned reasons for this," Tetiana Bakhteeva said.
According to her, this draft law is absolutely not ready for consideration in the session hall. "This draft law, for example, prescribes the provision that if a person during his life did not write a power of attorney that he is ready to give his organs after death, someone from the next of kin can do it after his death. Who specifically - do not specify. All this contradicts the international and European conventions on transplantation. Moreover, today, when Ukraine is at war, when the country is in a very difficult social and economic crisis, it is clear that family members can, for various reasons, primarily material ones, go to transplant organs of a deceased relative, even if in life he was against this. This is unacceptable from the ethical point of view," the MP noted.
Also, the opposition politician pointed out another point, which she, as a doctor, considers unacceptable, namely, that the draft law lacks the definition of such a thing as brain death. "But it is the brain's death that makes it possible to directly remove organs from a person when he still has breath and the heart beats. To establish the death of the brain is possible with the help of special equipment, which must be purchased at transplantation centers, and which we do not have now. At the same time, for some reason this formulation was removed, which leads to very bad thoughts, why it can be done," she said.
The next moment that is not prescribed in the new law is the question of a special medicine that must be taken to all who underwent transplantation. "An important fact is that no person who will be transplanted with this or that organ can live with him if he does not take Sandimmun for life, the cost of which will be from 500 thousand to 1 million UAH per year and even more. Is the state ready today, having such a state of medicine and economy, to pay this medicine to all those in need? The question is open. Of course, modern transplantology is necessary for Ukraine, and it is right to develop it, but not in such a way as proposed by this draft law," Tetiana Bakhteeva.