The recent crackdown on an international kidney racket involving Sri Lankan and Indian doctors and other malpractices pertaining to organ transplants has resulted in calls for the establishment of a national authority to monitor screening processes of such surgeries.

The legal community last week called on the Health Ministry to set up a national authority-cum-independent board to look into aspects concerning the screening process of organ, especially kidney, transplants.

Attorney-at-Law representing eight Indians who had donated their kidneys, and who are presently being detained for violating immigration and emigration laws, Lakshan Dias told Nation that the said body should come under the purview of the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) and could comprise a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist and an official from the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

“These eminent persons can screen each request and appeal for a kidney transplant, create strict rules like calling for all documents of both parties including the affidavits to be made available, inform the particular Police of the area of the country where the donor comes from, and receive verification of consent from them,” he noted.

He said that new regulations needed to be introduced to prevent or minimize malpractices, where people have been trafficked, cheated and one’s consent is not obtained.