All organ transplantations in Ukraine will be stopped since January 1, 2019. Iryna Sysoienko, the deputy head of health issues committee in the Ukrainian Parliament posted that on Facebook.
"From January 1, the law, according to which about 130 operations of transplantation occur in Ukraine every year, will be terminated. Accordingly, all transplantation operations in Ukraine will be ceased. Doctors who decide on transplantation surgery will violate the law that entails criminal liability,” wrote Sysoienko.
She notes that the termination of transplantation operations is due to the fact that from January 1, 2019, the new law on transplantation, adopted in 2018, would not be able to take effect; the law which is now in force will expire.
Sysoienko notes that the Ministry of Health and the Cabinet of Ministers did not adopt the by-laws required for the implementation of the new law on transplantation. In particular, according to the lawmaker, a unified state information system for transplantation has not been created.
According to Sysoienko, at present, about 5,000 people need transplantation in Ukraine per year, and the queue for a transplantation surgery is scheduled for four months in advance.