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Organ donor registrations rise

9th October 2009

The number of people signing on to the Organ Donor Register has risen significantly in the last year.

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Figures released by the Department of Health show that a million more people have agreed to donate their organs when they die.

The 7% rise since June 2008 now means that around 27% of the UK population, or 16.3 million people are signed up. There was also a record rise of 11% in people donating after death.

The DH report - Working Together to Save Lives - is the first annual report of the Organ Donation Taskforce Implementation Programme set up by the government to increase organ donation by more than 50% by 2013.

However, it also warned that the waiting list for transplants continued to grow by 8% a year, with 10,000 people on waiting lists.

Health secretary Andy Burnham said: “I am delighted to see that many more people are now donating organs both while they are still alive and after they have died which has helped to save hundreds of lives, but there is still a long way to go.

“We will continue to support the NHS so that we can achieve our aim to save an extra 1,400 lives each year through the amazing gift of organ donation. We are aiming to get 20 million people on Organ Donor Register in 2010, working towards 25 million by 2013.”

The BMA welcomed the increases but has called for a serious debate about the UK moving to a system of presumed consent for organ donation.

 

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