Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask His Majesty's Government how many patients in England are currently waiting to receive stem cell treatment.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department's stem cell programme is providing £2.4 million of funding for the period 2022-25. The programme is being delivered by NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan. It aims to enhance the resilience of the UK's stem cell supply by strategically recruiting donors, particularly those most likely to donate, and to address health disparities through targeted campaigns, with a focus on ethnic minority communities. By increasing the pool of potential donors, the programme seeks to improve the availability of matches in the UK, ultimately reducing waiting times for patients in need of stem cell treatment.

The Department does not hold data on the current number of patients in England awaiting stem cell treatment. However, it is important to highlight that the need for a close match influences the wait time for patients in need.

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