1. ITV Report

'Worrying decline' in living kidney donation in the East of England

Around 24 million people in the UK have already signed onto the NHS Organ Donor Register Credit: PA

There's been a 'worrying decline' in living kidney donation in this region, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant service.

In the East, there were only 71 organs donated from living people last year - thats compared to 90 in 2013.

There are currently more than 330 people waiting for a kidney here in the region.

In the last five years, 103 people in the East died waiting for a kidney transplant.

The figures have been released to mark World Kidney Day.

Living donation has been a major success story for the UK, with 1 in 3 patients receiving a kidney transplant from a living donor, so the decline in the East of England and around the UK is worrying.

We are investigating the causes and working closely with the clinical community, NHS England and Health Departments in all four UK countries to reverse the trend.

Anonymous altruistic donations are especially important because they can start transplant chains. It's no coincidence that the high figures for 2013 came when altruistic donation was at its highest ever level.

– Lisa Burnapp, NHS Blood and Transplant Lead Nurse for Kidney Donation
NHS Blood and Transplant has warned of a worrying decline in living kidney donation in the East of England Credit: ITV News Anglia

The decline in living kidney donation is especially concerning for the black and Asian patient communities.

NHS Blood and Transplant said organs are matched by blood group and tissue type and people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match.