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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

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’.