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Record high for organ wait

25th April 2007

Figures have shown the number of people waiting for organ transplants is at an all time high.

UK Transplant statistics show that 7,234 patients were waiting at the end of March, a rise of 8% from the previous year. This rise comes in spite of record numbers of patients - 3,074, a rise of 10% on the previous year - receiving organ transplants in 2006-07.

Statistics reveal a 26% increase in kidney transplants, a 280% increase in "non-heartbeating" donors - from those patients who die in hospital and whose heart cannot be donated - and a 77% increase in living donors. There was also a 30% rise in the number of people requiring transplants.

1.1 million people signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, taking the total at the close of 2006/07 to over 14.2 million potential donors. Since 2001/02 the figures show a 16% increase in total transplant numbers.

UK Transplant welcomed the increase, but stated that more organ donors were "desperately needed" to help patients on the waiting list.

Chris Rudge, UK Transplant managing director, said: "The growth in transplant numbers is very welcome...but the figures also show that more organ donors are desperately needed."

"The number of patients awaiting a transplant is greater than ever before and it is vital that if people wish to help others live after their death, they make their intentions known by talking to their families and joining the NHS Organ Donor Register."

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Article Information

Title: Record high for organ wait
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2665
Date Added: 25th Apr 2007

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