Organ donations in the UK 'at highest level ever'

The last financial year was a "record year" for organ donation and transplantation in the UK, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS BT) said. In 2013/14 there were 4,655 transplants carried out across the UK - a 10% rise on the previous year.

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'Revolution' in attitudes on organ donation needed

There needs to be a "revolution" in societal attitudes towards organ donation so more lives can be saved, the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS BT) has said.

The proportion of families who agree to organ donation after the death of a family member remains "stubbornly low", NHS BT spokeswoman Sally Johnson said.

Organ donations in the UK are at their highest level ever, the NHS BT has said. Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

Figures show that during 2013/14, more than four in 10 families approached about organ donation said no to donating a loved one's organs.

"Family refusal is our biggest problem and it's sad we lag so far behind some other countries in terms of consent/authorisation rates to donation," she added.

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