Health: Organ Donation

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the 2011 change, which made it compulsory for drivers applying for a new or replacement licence to state whether they want to be an organ donor, has had on the percentage of the population pledging to donate their organs via the Organ Donor Register; and what has that percentage been in each month of the last three years.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This information is not held centrally in the format requested. However in the five years up to April 2013 the United Kingdom achieved a 50% increase in deceased organ donor rates and work continues to increase consent and organ donation and transplantation rates.

A study by the Government Behavioural Insights team in July 2011 in partnership with Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the Department examined how best to increase registration on the Organ Donor Register. In one of the largest public sector studies of this kind, over one million people took part and were tested on eight different ways of asking whether to join the register. Further information can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/organ-donor-registrations-trialling-different-approaches

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