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Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020

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07 May 2013

In 2008 the Organ Donation Taskforce set the UK the challenge of increasing the number of deceased organ donors by 50% over five years. Through the efforts of many people, this target has been met.

In 2012/13, 1,212 people donated organ in the UK meaning that 3,112 people received the transplant they needed to save or transform their lives. This increase over the last five years came on the back of almost no increase in the number of donated organs over the previous decade. The 50% increase is a real cause for celebration of the dedication of all those people on the frontline of organ donation in the UK.

The 50% increase (with 30% more transplants undertaken) is a testament to the commitment, enthusiasm and sheer hard work of the Clinical Leads, Donation Committee Chairs and Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation and all those in the critical care and emergency care community. However despite this the UK s family refusal rate remains one of the highest in Europe. We need a revolution in consent to save the three people who die every day in UK because they did not get the transplant they needed.

A new UK organ donation strategy, Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 will be launched in the summer. The strategy will build on the recommendations of the Organ Donor Taskforce and set new challenges to increase organ donation, enhance transplant outcomes and change public attitudes.

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