The following letter was refused publication in the Herald today. It’s by the artist, Alec Finlay, who created the new National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donation, in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
As the artist responsible for the new National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donation, in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which was officially opened this week, I write to deplore the introduction of this sensitive subject into the array of scare stories deployed in the Referendum Campaign. In particular, Gordon Brown M.P., who repeatedly asserted that blood and organ services would be severely affected by independence. In fact, the Scottish Government and Organ Donation Service both made public statements that this would not be the case.
I myself know of citizens from the Republic of Ireland who have traveled to Scotland to receive an organ, and there is no doubt that all the countries of these islands would have continued to share these services in common. I note that Mr. Brown and the No campaign claimed in their victory speeches that they had secured these services, when, in fact, the result of their false alarms was to cause anxiety, affecting severely ill people, and create unnecessary distractions for a Service that I have found to be entirely dedicated to its duty of care.
Given the vulnerability of those on dialysis, why such irresponsibility not corrected by the media at the time, and why it is not being investigated now?