'Thousands' remain on organ donor waiting list

Thousands of people remain on the waiting list, with around three a day dying while waiting for an organ, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.

  • At the end of March, there were 7,332 patients waiting for a transplant.
  • A further 3,030 temporarily suspended from transplant lists for reasons including being too ill to undergo an operation.
  • 466 patients died while on the active waiting list for a transplant.
  • Although the vast majority of living organ donors gave a kidney, 33 donated part of their liver, the report said.
  • The number of corneas donated in 2012/13 was 6,390 - a 9 percent rise on last year.
  • More than four out of 10 families approached about organ donation last year refused to donate.

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Record number of transplants

A new record has been set for the number of organ transplants carried out in the space of a year in the UK, NHS figures show.