Alex Massie

Organ Markets: Still Needed

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This is why we need an organ market:

The number of people agreeing to donate their organs after death is growing, but at a slower rate than the number of patients who need them, a report warns.

The first year of a concerted effort to boost UK donation rates did see the number of transplants rise as more co-ordinated services were implemented.

But the Organ Donation Taskforce notes the waiting list continues to grow...

One of the key factors behind this increase is the increasing incidence of kidney failure in the UK - particularly in the over-50s and black and ethnic minority communities.

Of those on the list 1,000 will die while waiting, or are removed because they have become too ill to undergo a transplant.

Previous Kidney-Market blogging here.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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