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Spring 2017 issue
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             4   All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group meeting
                 A drive to improve living donation rates

             7   NKF AGM and KPA Day 2017 – come and
                 join us

             8   As a kidney patient what can I hope for from
                 my private pension

             10  ‘Give a kidney – one’s enough’ Celebrate the   Message from the Chairman
                 500th altruistic kidney donation              2017 is upon us already.  It only seems like yesterday

             14  Walking for Adam by Mark Smith                that we were all in Blackpool at the 2016 NKF
                                                               Patients’ Conference.
             17  What is the UK Renal Registry?                Personally, I am expecting a mixed year for the kidney
                                                               patient community in general. Details of the change
             20  Medical Matters                               to our relationship with the EU are still to be finalised
                                                               and whenever this type of uncertainty exists general
             23  Germany 40 England 35 by Bob Price            confidence tends to be dented. Kidney patients are
                                                               not immune to this unease, particularly as health care
                                                               spending on renal disease is one of the highest in
                                                               the NHS budget.   So it will be NKF’s job this year,
                                                               on your behalf to closely monitor events as they
            Hello friend. If you do not already                unfold and work even more closely with Kidney
            receive your own issue of Kidney Life free of charge   Patient Associations in 2017 to ensure that
            each quarter, please get in touch with us (NKF HQ   any proposed changes are highlighted and
            contact details below).  We will be happy to arrange   necessary action taken.
            for you to receive your own copy so that you too can   On behalf of us all here at NKF I hope you enjoy
            keep up to date on what is going on in our life.   a happy and as healthy a 2017 as possible.
                                                               David Marshall
                                                               NKF Chairman
            Have you got an interesting personal story to share                    David Marshal, NKF Chairman
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               family members or two close friends who are about
                to embark on a living kidney donation work-up
                      programme.  If you are about to start this
                      process and if both of you feel happy to   NKF Officers
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                      progresses please let us know.  Please
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