30/04/2014

NI Organ Donors Reach All-Time High

The number of organ donors registered in Northern Ireland has reached an all time high at just over 582,000 people.

The figure has been revealed following the release of the most recent quarterly statistics by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

The number of people on the organ donor register increased from 548,291 on 31 March 2013 (30%) to 582,623 on 31 March 2014 (32%).

The report also showed a reduction in the number of people actively waiting for a transplant; 190 at 31 March 2013 compared to to 161 in 2013/14. This is the lowest number recorded in a financial year.

Health Minister Edwin Poots said: "I believe that this continued progress confirms that the approach that I have taken to determine whether statutory opt-out legislation for Northern Ireland is needed is the right one.

"Raising public awareness about the need to consider donating our organs, combined with surveying public opinion on the role of statutory opt out to establish their views on this important matter, will allow us to make the right decisions.

"Whilst the progress made is to be applauded, we should not be complacent, as there are still around 160 people waiting on a transplant. I would therefore like to encourage everyone who has not already done so to join the organ donor register and to discuss their wishes with their family and friends."

(IT)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 April 2013
80% Increase In NI Organ Donors
Northern Ireland has seen an increase of 81.8% in deceased organ donors over the last five years. The news comes as the NHS confirms it has achieved its target of a 50% increase for the whole of the UK, as laid out in the Organ Donation Taskforce in 2008.
25 July 2001
Minister promotes new measures for organ donation
Health Minister Bairbre de Brún has revealed new measures aimed at encouraging greater awareness in Northern Ireland surrounding the issue of organ donation.
05 August 2011
Transplant Games Get Underway In Belfast
A very young transplant recipient was among the special guests as Stormont Junior Minister Jonathan Bell welcomed hundreds of athletes taking part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2011 to Belfast.
30 July 2003
Mayor calls for more Derry donors
The Mayor of Derry has called on more local people to get involved in National Transplant week by joining the organ donor register.
27 August 2002
More donors needed to ease transplant waiting list
It has been revealed that there is a shortage of kidney donors in Northern Ireland – with only 100 organs being donated in the past three years.