MSP hails rise in number of donors

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

North East MSP Christian Allard has welcomed the news that there has been a huge increase in the number of people receiving a life-saving transplant in Scotland which has been attributed to a co-ordinated nationwide effort over the last six years.

New statistics show that 341 organ transplants were carried out from deceased organ donors in 2012/14 - an increase of around 62 per cent since 2007/8.

Similarly, in the same period, there has been a 96 per cent increase in the number of people in Scotland who have donated their organs after death.

As of March 31, 2014, 2,110,881 people living in Scotland had made their organ donation wishes known by joining the UK Organ Donor Register. This represents 40 per cent of the Scottish population and compares well against the UK average of 32 per cent.

Mr Allard is a registered organ donor and regularly gives blood. The SNP MSP has taken the opportunity to encourage North East residents to make their donation wishes known to their loved ones and to join the NHS Organ Donor Registration.

Commenting, the North East MSP said: “From this evidence it is clear that in the last few years we have made significant strides in raising awareness of the importance of organ donation in Scotland.

“It is also important to remember that around 600 people in Scotland are waiting for an organ and we must be doing all we can to give them hope. I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to make their organ donation wishes known to their loved ones and to join the NHS Organ Donor Registration.

“The selfless act of organ donation will transform the lives of people on transplant waiting lists across the country. You can find out more and sign up by visiting https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/”