More than 450 relatives of organ donors declined permission to donate as they were unsure of their relatives’ wishes in 2016, figures have shown. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) says families are reluctant to give their loved one’s organs to patients. Last year, 457 people died while on the active transplant waiting list, and currently there are 6,414 patients waiting for organs. NHSBT says donors should ensure they have told relatives of their wishes.
Update from the Patients Association
The Patients Association helpline is no longer using its 0845 608 4455 number but 020 8423 8999.
The Patients Association helpline is the national non-disease specific helpline for anyone trying to navigate the health and social care systems in the UK. The helpline service is free and confidential and provides practical advice on:
- access to treatment
- concern about treatment
- how to make a complaint about any health or social care service
- social care enquiries
- patient’s rights and responsibilities
- changing (or finding) your GP or dentist
- seeing your medical records
For more information see the website and for downloadable information resources