HC Deb 12 July 1988 vol 137 c162W
69. Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a further statement on the progress of the organ transplantation programme.

Mrs. Currie

According to provisional figures provided by the United Kingdom transplant service, the major rise in organ transplantation is continuing. The number of cadaveric transplants of kidneys, hearts, heart/lungs and livers performed on NHS-entitled patients in the United Kingdom is as follows:

1 January 1987–30 June 1987 837
1 January 1988–30 June 1988 1,160

These figures reveal an increase of 39 per cent. in the number of transplants carried out. The factors contributing to this splendid achievement are described in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier) on 14 June 1988 at columns 156–57.