Organs: Donors

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in Denton and Reddish constituency are registered organ donors; and what plans he has to increase the number of organ donors.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Denton and Reddish constituency figures can be found below, with comparative information for the North West region and the United Kingdom.

NHS Organ Donor Register registrations

Denton and Reddish

North West

UK

Mid-2012 population estimate

86,073

7,080,000

63,930,000

ODR as at 8 January 2015

26,762

2,137,957

20,894,599

% of population on the ODR

31.1

30.2

32.7

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

The UK Health Departments and NHSBT have committed to develop national strategies to promote a shift in public attitudes. A new seven year UK-wide organ donation and transplantation strategy Taking Organ Donation towards 2020 was published by NHSBT in July 2013. The strategy focuses on increasing consent rates, encouraging people to be proud to donate, making the UK system comparable with the best of the world and giving many more people the opportunity of receiving a transplant. The strategy is available online at:

http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/to2020/

In partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health, NHSBT has developed an approach to prompt people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register via Government owned channels such as applying for a driving licence and paying car tax online. Most recently, NHSBT’s Christmas campaign in December 2014 encouraged people to sign up to the NHS organ donor register.

In the UK by April 2014, organ donation rates increased by 60% and transplant rates by 47% since 2008. The government continues to support work to further increase donation and transplantation rates, particularly promoting collaborative working amongst organisations and raising awareness of donation in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic population.

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