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Photo of Pat Ramsey Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:45 pm, 21st February 2012

Mickey Brady makes a fine point. In Ireland, we have a tradition of a wake. It is very important to families, who want to see the body at home. If the body is not at home, it is not a wake. The point is very valid.

The SDLP supports a proactive approach involving the medical profession, patients and the general public. That is how Spain transformed its donation issues. It is vital that we have investment in health service infrastructure, such as an increase in the number of ICU beds and, as a number of Members mentioned, it is also vital that we continue to train and provide specialist teams of donation advisers in main hospitals.