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Organ donations on the up

Published on 12/10/2009
Nearly one million extra people added their names to the British Organ Donor Register in the past year, saving hundreds of lives through transplants.

Last week, health secretary Andy Burham launched a new report which indicated that now one in four Brits - 16.3 million people - have now signed up to donate their organs.

The government aims to increase organ donation by more than 50 per cent by 2013 and has implemented a programme to ensure essential progress is made.

Timothy Statham, chief executive at the National Kidney Federation, said: "The National Health Service (NHS) have huge hurdles to mount in order to increase the number of transplant operations that take place in the UK.

"Until the infrastructure of the NHS is vastly improved, to increase the capacity and enthusiasm for operations, then the wonderful increase of the names on the register will do nothing to assist my patients who are dying."

According to the latest Transplant Activity Report from the NHS, in March 2009 there were three per cent more names registered on active transplant list and a further 14 per cent on the temporarily suspended transplant lists compared to last year.
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