ITV's Tonight highlights the need for more people to say yes to organ donation
Ten thousand people in the UK need an organ transplant, yet three people die every day before getting the organ they need. ITV's current affairs programme, Tonight, has taken an in-depth look at the issues and interviewed families who understand just how important organ donation is.
Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said:
"ITV have done a fantastic job driving home the key issues surrounding organ donation. One of the biggest problems is that four out of ten families refuse consent for organ donation when a loved one dies who could donate.
"Each year, approximately half a million people die in the UK, but of these only approximately 4,000 die in circumstances where they can donate their organs. If you should be one of those, it’s important that your family know that you want to donate your organs.
"So please sign up to the Organ Donor Register and have a conversation with your loved one, so they know you want to be a donor. If you do, it will come as no surprise at the time of their bereavement and will make it easier for them to honour your wishes.
"If we can increase consent rates we could make a dramatic difference to the number of lives that can be saved."