BTS Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Legislation on Organ Donation

“The BTS has submitted a response to the Scottish government’s consultation on legislation on organ donation. The response includes results of the ‘opt out’ survey undertaking at Congress, in which 66% of respondents favour a change in legislation.

The response has been written by Antonia Cronin, as Chair of the Ethics Committee, and has agreement from the BTS executive. I am very grateful to Antonia and the committee for all their hard work.”

Lorna Marson
BTS President

Professor Mike Nicholson to feature in a BBC Lifeline Appeal

Professor Mike Nicholson and his team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust feature in a BBC Lifeline Appeal due to air on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday 26th July and repeated on Wednesday 29th July on BBC Two at 12pm.


Radio presenter Lauren Laverne hosts the appeal which aims to raise awareness of the importance of research into improving transplantation success as well as the importance of organ donation.

It focuses on the work of Kidney Research UK and more specifically, Professor Nicholson’s ground-breaking normothermic perfusion technique, which allows surgeons to revive a donor kidney in the lab and test whether it works or not before transplanting.

The film features two patient stories – 10-year-old Matthew, who has been on the transplant list for 7 years and is desperate for a donor kidney to become available, and Deborah Bakewell, who became the first person in the world to have a transplant using the pioneering technique. Money raised from the programme will go to the Making Every Kidney Count Appeal. Further details available here:

Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020

The British Transplantation Society (BTS) warmly welcomes the publication by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) of their strategic plan, ‘Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020’.

This provides an excellent platform on which to develop transplantation services in the UK over the next few years. Professor Anthony Warrens, President of the BTS, commented: ‘This programme of work is well focussed and ambitious but realistic. It has the potential to have real impact and build on the excellent work NHSBT led to bring the recommendations of the Organ Donation Taskforce 2008 to the successful achievement of an increase in donation of 50% in five years.

The BTS is committed to support NHSBT in their pursuit of this plan for the benefit of our patients, three of whom die needlessly in the UK every day for want of an adequate supply of organs’.