Organ donation rates have risen since the 'opt-out' system was introduced in Wales

WALES | Mark Smith

There has also been a 'significant decline' in people dying while waiting for a transplant

A new organ donation system was launched in Wales in December 2015

There has been a rise in the number of organs being donated by people in Wales since the new “opt out” law was put in place last year.

New figures from the Organ Donation Annual Report 2016 have revealed a 7% increase in the number of deceased donors donating in Welsh hospitals, up from 60 in 2014-15 to 64 in 2015-16.

Similarly, the number of donors after brain death increased by 13% to 36, while the number of donors after circulatory death remained the same at 28.

'Considerable progress'

It also said “considerable progress” has been made across Wales in reducing the number of patients waiting for a transplant.

The numbers waiting have fallen from 309 in 2010-11 to 193 in 2015-16 – a 38% reduction. Continue reading
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