Over the last 12 months there has been an 8% increase in the number of transplants carried out in the UK. Figures also show:
- An 11% increase in the number of deceased organ donors across the UK last year, rising from 809 in 2007-08 to 900 in 2008-09
- And a 7% increase in the number of people joining the Organ Donor Register during 2008-09, rising from 15.14 million to 16.12 million by the end of March 2009
This is all rather fab news, topped with the also v important news that the gradual 5 year decline in attracting new blood donors has been halted.
This is a fantastic step in the right direction, however we still have big problems. Only 26% of the population is signed up to the Organ Donor Register; we remain one of the worst countries in Europe. The number of people in need of a transplant is growing higher than ever, and including people who are currently suspended from the active list is now topping an eye-popping 10,000.
But to know we are moving in the right direction is a positive and motivating thing indeed, and just reminds all of us at LLTGL how important raising awareness is. Keep on spreading the word folks; together we can make a difference.