Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the (a) human organs that are being affected in the short- and long- term by covid-19 and (b) extent of those impacts.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

During 2020/21 there was 75% deceased donor activity and 78% deceased donor transplants compared to 2019/20. Living donor transplants fell by 58% during this period.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance to local systems to support the restoration and recovery of solid organ transplants. Its regional teams have now developed recovery plans, which includes streamlined pathways for the provision of solid organ transplantation and the associated critical care capacity.

While COVID-19 affected the number of offered, retrieved and transplanted organs in 2020-2021, most transplants are now back to pre-pandemic levels.

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