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Transplant Surgery

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who require organ transplants; how many and what proportion of people requiring donated organs received them in the most recent year for which figures are available; what the shortfall is; and if she will make a statement. (139491)

The number of people registered on the organ transplant list as at 20 May 2007 is shown in table 1. Table 2 shows the number of people joining the list in years 1997, 2000 and 2003 and the percentage that have subsequently received transplants or are still listed.

The transplant list does not reflect the true extent of need for a transplant, as clinicians are reluctant to list more patients than are likely to receive organs.

An organ donation taskforce is currently looking at the barriers to increasing organ donation and will put recommendations to the Department later this year.

Table 1: Registrations for transplant list—current (as at 20 May 2007)

Organ

Active

Suspended1

Total

Kidney

6,326

1,842

8,168

Pancreas

62

44

106

Kidney/pancreas

145

80

225

Heart

97

6

103

Lung(s)

269

7

276

Heart/lungs

25

1

26

Liver

316

4

320

Total organs

7,240

1,984

9,224

1 Suspended means the patient has been temporarily removed from the list. This happens for such reasons as being too ill to undergo the operation or being away on holiday.

Table 2: Numbers joining the active organ transplant list in the year and percentage transplanted (deceased organ donor) since or still listed (at 22 May 2007)

Organ

Joining

Percentage transplanted

Percentage still listed

2003

Kidney

1,964

54.8

29.4

Pancreas

12

50.0

8.3

Kidney/pancreas

72

75.0

13.9

Heart

196

65.8

1.0

Lung(s)

174

58.0

4.0

Heart/lungs

39

17.9

2.6

Liver

839

82.1

Total organs

3,296

62.6

18.1

2000

Kidney

1,985

66.1

10.1

Pancreas

16

37.5

6.2

Kidney/pancreas

68

79.4

2.9

Heart

222

64.0

0.9

Lung(s)

178

59.6

1.7

Heart/lungs

92

38.0

1.1

Liver

785

84.1

Total organs

3,346

69.2

6.3

1997

Kidney

2,210

70.6

3.4

Pancreas

5

80.0

Kidney/pancreas

34

73.5

2.9

Heart

365

67.1

Lung(s)

185

51.4

Heart/lungs

80

56.2

Liver

726

80.3

Total organs

3,605

71.0

2.1