Kidneys: Donors

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of additional kidney donors that would be required to reduce the waiting time on the transplant register from two to three years down to one year or less.

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

There are currently around 5,000 patients registered on the United Kingdom kidney transplant waiting list. The number of patients waiting have come down since the launch of the UK-wide Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 Strategy in July 2013, from 6,348 patients at end of 2012-13 compared with 5,030 in 2015-16. Our aim by 2020 is to increase organ donation and transplant rates to match the best performing countries and to maximise the number of people who can benefit from a transplant.

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