HC Deb 23 January 1990 vol 165 c677W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were estimated to carry(a) kidney donor cards and (b) other organ donor cards, in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman

This information is not available in the form requested.

We now issue a single multi-organ donor card, which makes provision for the donation of individually specified, or all, organs.

Different sample surveys produce varying estimates of donor card ownership, but it appears likely that between 20 and 30 per cent. of the general public now possess a donor card. Possession of donor cards has risen substantially over the past decade. A survey carried out in November 1978 found that only 10 per cent. of those questioned possessed a signed card.

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