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Organ Donation and Transplantation

At any one time, due to a shortage of organs, more than 500 people in Scotland are waiting for an organ to become available to give them the transplant they desperately need.

The UK Organ Donation Taskforce (ODTF), published a report in 2008 which focused on the obstacles to organ donation and suggested solutions to deliver an increase in transplants.

The Scottish Government accepted these recommendations in full and embarked on an ambitious implementation programme which was led by the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group:

Between 2008 and 2016, Scotland has made significant progress, with an 83.3 per cent increase in organ donation rates, however, we recognise that there is still much more that can be done.

On July 11 2013, the Scottish Government published its plan for organ donation and transplantation over the next seven years:


On 7 December 2016, the Scottish Government published a consultation on increasing organ and tissue donation, including proposals for a potential soft opt out system of donation.  Copies of all the responses where respondents gave permission for their response to be published are now available on the Citizen Space webpages. An independent analysis of the responses will be published in due course, alongside an announcement from Scottish Ministers about next steps.