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Donors: Ethnic Groups

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th July 2018.

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Photo of Eleanor Smith Eleanor Smith Labour, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether increasing the number of BAME (a) blood, (b) stem cell and (c) organ donations to the NHS would result in savings to the public purse; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Eleanor Smith Eleanor Smith Labour, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential savings accrued to the public purse of reducing the number of people on dialysis by providing kidney transplants to those patients at the soonest available opportunity.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has not assessed the cost effectiveness of increasing the number of donations from black, Asian and minority ethnic people of blood, stem cells and organs.

Information on the potential savings of reducing the number of people on dialysis is not available in the format requested.

An impact assessment prepared to support the consultation on proposed changes to consent for organ and tissue donation, which ran between December 2017 and March 2018, includes cost and benefit analysis information in respect of all organs, including kidney transplants. The impact assessment was limited to the cost/benefit analysis of changes to consent arrangements in England, and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/666518/Organ_Donation_Opt-Out_Consultation_Impact_Assessment.pdf

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