The Independent | Jane Kirby
Patients in need of life-saving kidney donations are dying because of a failure by the Government to encourage people to donate their organs when they die, according to the head of a leading charity.
Tim Statham, chief executive of the National Kidney Federation, launched a stinging attack on the Government yesterday for falling short of a target to boost organ donor rates by 50 per cent.
The Organ Donation Taskforce, set up under Labour, was disbanded when the Coalition came to power but no new body has been formed to replace it, he said.
He added that the target set by the taskforce to increase organ donor rates by 50 per cent by 2013 will be missed.