More than 100,000 more people have signed up to the organ donor register, a new report has revealed.
The all-Wales annual report for organ donation comes just weeks before Wales becomes the first country in the UK to introduce a new organ donation system. From December 1, Wales will move to a soft opt-out system – people will be able to register a decision to opt-in to organ donation as they do now; register a decision not to donate and those who do not register a decision during their lifetime will be presumed to be in favour of organ donation.
The change, which is the first of its kind in the UK, could lead to a 25% increase in the number of organ donors.
The all-Wales annual report highlights the improvements in organ donation, including:
- The number of people dying while waiting on a transplant list has reduced from 49 in 2010-11 to 12 in 2014-15
- More than 109,000 people joined the Organ Donation Register between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This is an increase from 30% to 34% of the Welsh population.
- In 2014-15 there were 71 deceased organ donors, compared to 60 in 2013-14 and 52 in 2012-13.
However, there is still much more that needs to be done to increase organ donation rates in Wales:
- There are 220 people on the Welsh transplant waiting list at the end of March 2015 compared with 209 at the end of March 2014
- While 9 out of 10 people in Wales support organ donation only one in three people are on the Organ Donor Register
- Since 2010-11 the consent rate in Wales has decreased from 63.5% to 48.5%
- During 2014-15 there were 129 deceased donor transplants compared with 159 during 2013-14 and 158 during 2012-13
- 110 deceased donor and living donor kidney transplants took place in 2014-15 compared to 148 in 2013-14.
The all-Wales annual report for organ donation can be found here http://gov.wales/topics/health/nhswales/organ/transplantation/?status=open&lang=en
Page Added 25 September 2015