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[Editorial] Ensuring fair allocation of organs

20 Jul 2013

Last week, the NHS Blood and Transplant organisation (NHSBT) published a new strategy on organ transplantation for the UK until 2020, with the support of UK health ministers. The aims of the strategy are to increase consent rates for organ donation, raise deceased donor rates, boost the number of organs transplanted from donors, and increase the number of patients receiving transplants. Launching the strategy during National Transplant Week, the Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, Sally Johnson, called for debate on attitudes to organ donation: “Almost everyone would take an organ if they needed one—but only 57% of families agreed to donation when they were asked…is it fair to take if you won't give?”

Date: 
20 July 2013

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet