Health bosses aim to up organ donations by 50pc

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HEALTH chiefs have announced plans to increase organ donations and transplants.

The NHS Blood and Transplant’s (NHSBT) strategic plan for 2011-14 has been published and laid down its aim to increase organ donation by 50 per cent by 2013.

It also aims to increase the number of organ transplants to more than 4,000 per year and to boost the number of umbilical cord blood units available for life-saving transplantation to 50,000.

The plan includes the service’s ambition to maintain the price of blood at the same rate until 2014 - releasing new savings to hospitals of £10m per year to reinvest in frontline patient care.

Chief executive Lynda Hamlyn said: “Every day thousands of ordinary people do something extraordinary and donate to help someone else, often a complete stranger.

“It is NHSBT’s professional expertise and knowledge that takes these precious donations and turns them into products that can be used safely for the benefit of patients.

“Our ambitious plans will save and improve more patients’ lives than ever before.”

To find out more about becoming a donor, visit or call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.

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