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The state applauds itself for solving 0.3% of a problem

By Mark Littlewood
June 24th, 2009 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments | Posted in Economics

kidneyVicki Chapman, of the Human Tissues Authority (a taxpayer-funded health quango), is falling over herself to proclaim the dazzling success of altruistic live organ donation.

Apparently, a total of 25 brave people have offered to donate a spare kidney to a stranger. The number of volunteers in year one was ten. In year two, it was fifteen. Ms. Chapham “did not expect to see the number rise so significantly after just one year”. (From practically zilch, to a little bit more)

These twenty-five donations will reduce the number of people in the UK in need of a kidney from 7,000 to 6,975.

Hardly” job done”, is it?

Assuming that there isn’t about to be a 3000 % nationwide rise in altruism, does anyone have a credible plan to properly tackle this problem?

Clue: if it’s legal to give something away, it should be legal to sell it.

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