Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people on the organ transplant register died while waiting for a donated kidney in the last financial year.

Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the average waiting time on the organ transplant register in (a) England and (b) each of the other devolved nations.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is the organ donor organisation for the United Kingdom and is responsible for promoting organ donation and the matching and allocating of donated organs. Transplant centres for every organ do not exist in each of the devolved nations meaning patients need to travel to other areas of the UK for transplant. For this reason NHSBT does not report on waiting times in each of the devolved nations. Average waiting times are available by transplant centre in NHSBT’s Annual Report. An archive of these reports can be found at:

www.odt.nhs.uk/uk-transplant-registry/annual-activity-report/

The number of people who died while on waiting lists for organ donation is also given in the Annual Report.

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