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Health: Organ Transplants

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements are in place to ensure that organ transplants are available across the boundaries of the devolved Administrations; and [HL5338]

What arrangements are in place to ensure that organ donations throughout the United Kingdom enter a central United Kingdom organ bank. [HL5339]

It is important that organ donation becomes a usual part of healthcare and that as many people as possible are encouraged to consent to donation after their death. That is why all four United Kingdom health administrations agreed the continuation of a UK-wide approach to organ donation and allocation and to support implementation of the Organ Donation Taskforce recommendations published in January 2008. A programme delivery board established to oversee delivery of the recommendations includes representatives from across the UK. The aim is to increase organ donation by 50 per cent within five years.