More people than ever are donating their organs, according to new figures released today by the NHS. But despite the increase, black and Asian patients here are forced to wait a year longer on average because of the low proportion of donors from similar backgrounds.
These are the overall donation figures for London:
- 76 residents have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year
- There are currently 1,949 people in London waiting for a transplant
- Last year 534 people living in Greater London benefited from a life-saving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died
- Number on the NHS Organ Donor Register on 5 June 2014 - the exact figure was 2,149,611