On Thursday, though, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the organization that put together the new allocation plan, the United Network for Organ Sharing, filed their response.
Since the judge’s order tells the government to stop “further efforts and/or conduct aimed at continued implementation,” the government lawyers wrote, they “hereby notify the Court that they are in compliance with the Order.”
There was no further rollout actions or efforts to be stopped, they said; the new system was completely in place.
“There are no further actions or ‘efforts’ that are necessary,” they said.
Just in case they misunderstood, the government said, they invited the judge to clarify her ruling. And if she does want them to restore the long-standing system, they say it will take four weeks.
The idea behind the new allocation system is to get the few available livers to the sickest patients. Advocates of the new system say it will be fairer and save lives. Georgia doctors say the government has used flawed data, and that the new system will result in the loss of some donated livers due to longer travel delays.