George Helps to ‘Pass it On’

National Transplant WeekNational Transplant Week has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament by Paisley’s MSP George Adam. The awareness week runs from the 9th of July until the 16th of this month, with the aim of getting people to talk about transplantation.

George said:

‘I lodged a parliamentary motion regarding the awareness week, in particular, to highlight the ‘Pass it On’ theme of this year’s campaign. This is to encourage everyone who has signed up to the Organ Donor’s register to talk with their family and friends, so that in the event of an accident a loved one’s wishes can be followed to donate their organs.

‘One of my friends was seriously ill a number of years ago. After receiving a kidney transplant I have been able to see the difference that this can make to someone’s life.

‘I realise that a transplant is only a form of treatment and not a cure, but this is the only option for so many people.

‘Research has shown that 90% of families agree to organ donation if a loved one has discussed their wishes. If these conversations are not done the level of organ donation drops to around 40%.

‘Every year over 1,000 people die before they have the chance to receive an organ. This is why this campaign is so important, and I would encourage anyone who has registered to discuss their wishes with their loved ones.’

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors

George’s Parliamentary Motion.

Short Title: National Transplant Week 2012
S4M-03585 George Adam () (Scottish National Party):
That the Parliament recognises National Transplant Week, from 9 to 15 July 2012; understands that this year’s theme is Pass it On, encouraging people who have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register to tell their relatives and friends what they would like to happen in the event of their death; understands that 90% of families agree to organ donation if a loved one has registered and discussed their wishes, compared with 40% if donation wishes are not known, and regrets that over 7,500 people across the UK are waiting for an organ transplant at any one time and that around 1,000 of those die each year before receiving an organ transplant.

Link to the NTW website – http://www.transplantweek.co.uk/