NHS Blood and Transplant have published their annual 'Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report' today which shows their were 3,597 kidney transplants last year, an increase of 7% on the previous year. This is in line with the total number of transplants for all organs which also increased by 7% - from 4,756 to 5,090.
The number of kidney transplants from living donors saw only a slight increase by 1% (1,020). Fiona Loud, Kidney Care UK Policy Director said, "We thank all kidney donors for transforming the lives of kidney patients. While this is positive news; there are still 5,033 people on the kidney transplant waiting list, 247 people died waiting for a kidney transplant last year, and many more were removed from the transplant waiting list due to illness."
There was good news regarding the consent/authorisation rate for organ donation, which has risen slightly from 63% to 66%. However, we still have one of the lowest levels of consent in Europe.
"There is more to be done to support organ donation, to encourage a donation conversation and we believe that education as well as new legislation on presumed consent is the right thing to do".
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