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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:

Following a public consultation, the Scottish Government has announced the intention to bring forward legislation on a soft opt out system of organ and tissue donation.  You can read more about this here.  The Scottish Government consulted on increasing organ and tissue donation, including proposals for a potential soft opt out system of donation from 7 December 2016 to 14 March 2017.  The analysis of the consultation responses, along with copies of all the responses where respondents gave permission for their response to be published, are on the Citizen Space webpages.