Scots are much more likely to be willing to donate organs to save lives.

45% of the Scottish population, 2.4 million people, are now on the NHS Organ donor Register. The figure for England is only 35%. For Northern Ireland it is 39% and for Wales it is 37%.

In 2016/2017 there were 133 deceased organ donors in Scotland. This represented a 34% increase from 99 in 2015/2016. A total of 348 people benefitted from transplants. This was the highest level in the UK and was a record figure for Scotland. This increase has contributed to a fall in the number waiting for a transplant to the lowest level on record.

However, the marked difference in the percentages on the donor list does not seem to be seriously restricting the use of donated organs in England by contrast with Scotland. In 2016/2017, first three quarters, there were 157 deceased and living donors in Scotland whose organs were used while in England there were 1522 used. England’s population is ten times that of Scotland so this suggests only a slightly lower tendency to use donated organs in England.

There does seem to be a shortage of organs in the UK but I could only find UK-wide figures from

‘Last year, 466 patients died in need of an organ and a further 881 were removed from the transplant waiting list. Many of them would have died shortly afterwards.’


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