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Scotland has highest organ donor rate in the UK

Half of population are on UK organ register

Jo Carlowe

Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Half of people in Scotland have registered to donate their organs or tissue after their death, and the country continues to have the highest rate in the UK.

More than 2.5 million Scottish residents registered on the UK Organ Donor Register, some 50% of Scotland’s population, and surveys show that around 90% of people support organ donation.

The rise in registered donors comes after high-profile annual awareness-raising campaigns. In addition, legislation has recently been introduced to the Scottish parliament that would move Scotland to a soft opt-out system, with appropriate safeguards.

Commenting, Scottish health secretary, Jeane Freeman, said: “Just over half of Scotland’s people have registered to donate their organs or tissue after death, reflecting both their incredible generosity and the progress we have made in highlighting the need for organ donors.

“We have introduced proposals to change the laws around organ and tissue donation to move to a soft opt-out system, to build on the significant progress we’ve already made and as part of the long-term culture change to encourage people to support donation. However, the most important step people can take now is to make a decision and tell their family and loved ones. In the event of a tragedy, this would make it much easier for them at a very difficult time and ensure your decision is followed.”

On 4 July 2018, there were 2,724,358 people residing in Scotland postcode areas on the UK Organ Donor Register. This is 50.4% of the Scottish population. The UK average was 38% at 31 March 2018.

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