Organ donations rise by 50%

The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent in the last five years, beating the target set by the NHS in 2008. Over the last year more than 1,200 people donated organs, helping to save 3,100 lives.

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Increase in organ donations is a 'landmark event'

Dr Paul Murphy, an intensive care consultant in Leeds and NHS Blood and Transplants national lead for organ donation called the 50% increase in donations a "landmark event". He said:

It is testament to the changes we have made at every level in hospitals to deliver this, to the commitment of critical care and emergency department staff to donation, and most of all to the generosity of donors and their families. But we can and must do more, because patients continue to die needlessly waiting for an organ transplant.

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