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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 what the percentage change was in the number of people (a) on the Organ Donor Register, (b) who died in circumstances suitable for organ donation and whose organs were donated and (c) requiring a transplant operation who received one in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

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

The information requested is provided in the following table.

Organ Donor Register (ODR) figures, 2005-06 to 2010-11
Financial year Number on the ODR Percentage change Deceased organ donors Percentage change Deceased organ transplants Percentage change
2005-06 13,126,625 764 2,196
2006-07 14,209,009 8 793 4 2,385 9
2007-08 15,148,606 7 809 2 2,381 -0.2
2008-09 16,132,651 6 899 11 2,552 7
2009-10 17,084,885 6 959 7 2,645 4
2010-11 17,751,795 4 1,010 5 2,695 2
Overall increase 4,625,170 35 246 32 499 23
Note: The percentage change figure for the overall increase, will not equal the total sum of the percentage change figures. The percentage change from year to year is calculated comparing one year with the previous year, whereas the overall increase is comparing the final year (2010-11) with the first year (2005-06). Source: NHS Blood and Transplant

Sustained work to improve organ donation and transplantation rates continues at national, regional and local levels and 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. Significant resources have been made available, largely through NHS Blood and Transplant, to increase the number of specialist nurses for organ donation and appoint clinical leads, donation committees and donation chairs in acute trusts to drive improvement locally. This has helped donor rates to increase and for rates to continue to rise in 2011-12.

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