Thursday, September 24, 2015

More than 100,000 people sign up to be organ donors in Wales ahead of historic change in the law

Wales OnLine | Mark Smith

Brenda Roberts and her partner Gwyn at their home in Ruthin, Denbighshire. Brenda, who had a life-saving liver transplant, has backed changes in organ donation laws in Wales

More than 100,000 people in Wales have signed up to become organ donors in the past four years ahead of an historic change in donation laws, a new report has revealed.

The all-Wales annual report for organ donation has revealed that the number of people dying while waiting on a transplant list has reduced from 49 in 2010-11 to 12 in 2014-15.

And more than 109,000 people joined the organ donation register over the same period – an increase from 30% to 34% of the Welsh population.

'More Needs to be Done'

Last year, there were 71 deceased organ donors compared to 60 in 2013-14 and 52 in 2012-13.

Read more: Teddy's Story: Britain's youngest ever organ donor saved a stranger's life before he died aged just 100 minutes

But the Welsh Government admits much more needs to be done to increase organ donation rates in Wales.

While nine out of 10 people in Wales support organ donation, only one in three people are on the register. Continue reading


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