The Department of Health aims to double the number of registered organ donors from 8 million to 16 million by 2010. A set of 'initial targets'out for wider consultation later this year also include increasing the kidney transplant rate by almost 100 per cent by 2005 and boosting heart and lung and liver transplants by 10 per cent.

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The National Institute for Clinical Excellence's current approach and processes 'will not achieve their stated objective', and 'early signs are that the opposite is happening and patients are still being denied modern treatments', according to a factsheet by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

www. abpi. org. uk A handbook on human rights published by the British Medical Association highlights the human rights violations doctors may encounter and practical steps to deter, prevent, detect and publicise abuse. The BMA says doctors are now regularly seeing the after-effects of trauma and torture and sexual and domestic abuse among refugees and asylum seekers.

The Medical Profession and Human Rights: handbook for a changing agenda. orders@bmjbookshop. com£18. 95 The Stroke Association is calling for all patients to be treated and assessed in a specialised stroke unit and the introduction of lead primary care stroke clinicians. It also wants stroke prevention programmes and more investment in research.

Agenda for Change. www. stroke. org. uk Scotland is to get a national team of clinicians dedicated to transferring sick children to specialist units in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The£1. 6m service will see the creation of four intensive care beds at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Yorkhill in Glasgow.