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Organs: Donors

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Organ Donation Taskforce; and if he will make a statement; (213652)

(2) what steps he has taken to develop the network of donation transplant coordinators recommended by the Organ Donation Taskforce.

The Department has established an Organ Donation Taskforce Programme Delivery Board, chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the national health service to oversee implementation of the recommendations.

NHS Blood and Transplant, which is represented on the Delivery Board, is leading on work to develop a network of donor transplant co-ordinators and has an agreed strategy in place for the establishment of four teams in 2008-09. The remainder, likely to be a further eight teams, will be established in 2009-10.