Created: 18 November 2010
London: Bob Blackman MP pledged to support a new campaigning coalition in Parliament that has been formed to increase organ donation and transplantation in the NHS.
Transplant 2013 was established by patient groups, professional bodies and industry to represent the combined voice of the transplantation community and to support the implementation of existing national initiatives to substantially increase the numbers of organs being transplanted in the NHS.
Bob Blackman MP said: “There are currently 8000 people waiting for an organ transplant in Britain today but sadly 1000 will die every year for want of a new organ. The Organ Donation Taskforce recommendations of 2008 have led to a 19% increase in deceased organ donors in the NHS but there is still much work to be done to reach the target of a 50% increase by 2013.”
Bob Blackman added: “NHS clinicians in Harrow East deliver incredible outcomes for organ transplantation patients but more needs to be done to identify donors and encourage a culture of donation, both within the NHS and society more generally. I look forward to campaigning with Transplant 2013 in Parliament this year and next to make organ transplantation a life-saving reality for the patients of Harrow East
“This is a critical area of unmet need in the NHS and I would ask everyone to consider joining the Organ Donor Register and talking to their families about their wishes.”
Keith Rigg, Chair of Transplant 2013 and President of the British Transplantation Society, said: “The support of Bob Blackman provides much needed national leadership to Transplant 2013 and we very much look forward to working together to overcome policy challenges and cultural barriers to donation. Transplantation is a unique form of medicine that can restore good health to the seriously ill in a matter of days with minimal side effects. More can be done and must be done.”
The launch of Transplant 2013 was attended by transplant patients, senior clinicians, patient groups, MPs and Peers. The launch was addressed by Keith Rigg and Chris Rudge, National Clinical Director for Transplantation at the Department of Health, who updated the community on progress of the Organ Donation Taskforce.