Five years ago, the Organ Donation Taskforce published an ambitious action plan, Organs for Transplant, setting out proposals to increase the annual number of deceased donors in the UK by 50%. Remarkably, this target was achieved in April this year. The heart of the Taskforce’s approach was the need to improve every aspect of the systems surrounding donation and transplantation, so that all potential donors are identified, their families sensitively approached, and the right professionals and facilities in place to facilitate donation and subsequent transplant. As a result, 30.5% more transplants per year are now taking place, potentially transforming the lives of those who received them.
Monthly archives: July 2013
More than seven hours on the train on one of the hottest days of the year. Failing air conditioning on one leg of the journey. Conductors reduced to stoically handing out cups of ice to wilting passengers. Was it worth it?
My reason for entraining before dawn on Tuesday morning (more…)
We sometimes characterise our audiences as the public, policy-makers and Parliamentarians – the people we need to talk to if we are to fulfil our Terms of Reference. These audiences are not always separate, of course, and nor is this an exhaustive list of our ambitions, but it can be a helpful way of thinking about different aspects of our work.
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