Two-fifths of Scots have signed up to donate their organs in the event of their death.
While a third of people across the UK are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, in Scotland 2.2 million are registered - 41% of the population. Public Health Minister Maureen Watt welcomed the "strong" support for organ donation, as a new survey suggested 56% of people in Edinburgh are on the register, while almost two-thirds of people in the capital say they would like to donate their organs after their death. Edinburgh has the highest support for organ donation in the UK, according to the research which was carried out for National Transplant Week. More than 2,000 people across the UK were questioned by Populus, with 65% of people in Edinburgh and 54% of those in Glasgow saying they would like their organs to be used to help another person. Scotland also has the highest proportion of people who believe it is important to be an organ donor "because it's the right thing to do", with 67% agreeing with this. Continue reading