Kidney charity asks for doubling of the number of organ transplants by 2020
NKF (National Kidney Federation) welcomes the new strategy; “Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 strategy” published today “ which aims to enable the U.K to match world class performance in organ donation and transplantation”.
However, the NKF’s view is that the outcome measures of increasing organ donation and transplantation set out in the strategy are not sufficiently challenging to enable us to reach World Class by 2020.
Kirit Modi, Chairman of NKF said:
“The NKF asks all four administrations in the UK to aim to double the number of organ transplants by 2020 so that we can begin to have a real impact on reducing the number of patients who are waiting for an organ transplant as well as those who die while waiting for an organ transplant”.
The NKF has been actively involved in the consultations which have led to the new strategy and has consistently argued for doubling the number of transplants by 2020. We welcome the four key outcomes included in the strategy and accept that we require a revolution in improving consent (from relatives) to become a World Class transplantation country. In particular, we would like to see the introduction of the organ donation card which has two signatures; one from the potential donor and one from the nearest relative of the donor. We also welcome the importance given in the strategy to meeting the challenges related to organ donation and transplantation within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The NKF is ready to work closely with NHSBT and others in the implementation of the new strategy.
Finally, the NKF has noted the variations that exist between transplantation centres and believes that it is important that the implementation of the strategy is monitored and evaluated on an annual basis by each UK administration in the four countries. The NKF will, of course, monitor the situation itself with the support of the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group (APPKG) of MP’s and Peers in relation to England. The NKF will also establish appropriate monitoring arrangements in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
NKF is the largest kidney patient charity in the country and is run by patients for patients. Please contact the NKF Helpline email@example.com or phone the Helpline on 0845 601 02 09 for any media queries. Alternatively, contact Kirit Modi, Chairman of the NKF, at firstname.lastname@example.org . The NKF web-site is at www.kidney.org.uk .
The deceased organ donation rate for the UK is currently 19 per million of population (pmp), compared to 35 pmp in Spain. The new strategy has set an outcome measure of 26 pmp for the UK by 2020. This is not enough for us to become World Class. It is not clear from the strategy how the waiting list of those waiting for an organ will decrease by 2020. It is also not clear if the number of people who die while waiting for an organ (currently three people every day) will decrease by 2020. The NKF is urging the four Governments to double the number of kidney transplants from deceased donors from around 1800 per year to 3600 per year by 2020.
The NKF will continue to work closely with NHSBT and others to implement the new strategy. In particular, we would like to see the introduction of a dual signature donor card so that we can begin to make progress in the percentage of family members who give consent for their loved one to be a donor. In addition, the NKF will continue to support initiatives which address the challenges we face in encouraging more donors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to become donors. At present nearly a quarter of those waiting for an organ are from BAME backgrounds but only 3 % of those on the Organ Donor Register are from these backgrounds.
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