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Organs: Donors

Health written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider allocating responsibility to one individual for the Government's objective of improving rates of organ donation and transplantation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Improving rates of organ donation and transplantation rests not with one individual but with a wide range of people. As Minister for Public Health, I am responsible for organ donation and transplantation for the Department of Health.

Therefore, work continues at national, regional and local levels across a number of organisations to support the excellent work of the national health service in identifying, referring and procuring donor organs. We have made good progress and are on track to meet the 50% improvement in deceased donor rates by 2013 anticipated by the Organ Donation Taskforce. A Transitional Steering Group, established in March 2011 is encouraging action at all levels and provides a clear reporting line to United Kingdom health ministers on progress. As we modernise the NHS we will continue our work to keep donation rates at a record high so that more people can benefit from a life-saving transplant.

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