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Organ transplant operations ‘on the increase’

9th October 2009

The number of organ transplant operations being performed in the UK has risen in the last year, it has been discovered.

According to the latest installation of the Organ Donation Annual Report, during the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year, the number of transplant operations taking place rose by 5.5 per cent.

Additionally, organ donations rose by three per cent during this timeframe.

Just under two years ago, NHS Blood and Transplant launched a drive to stimulate deceased donations and has since recruited 65 specialist nurses for the cause.

Chief executive of the body Linda Hamlyn commented: “We need to convert public support for organ donation into action and will shortly be launching a major public campaign to remind people of the everyday need for organs to save lives.”

In April, the Parkinson’s Disease Society stated that it wants to double the 1,000 people on its brain donor register by the end of the year and recruited high-profile figures such as Jane Asher and Jeremy Paxman to assist with publicity.

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