Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed that in the last decade more than 250 patients have died whilst on the waiting list for a kidney transplant as he called on the Scottish Government to do more to support organisations like Give A Kidney which work to connect donors and recipients.
In response to a parliamentary question from Mr Cole-Hamilton, the Scottish Government revealed that between 2009-2018, 265 residents of Scotland were recorded as having died whilst on the waiting list for a kidney only transplant. The number of deaths has remained steady at between 22 and 32 patients per year across the last decade.
There are currently 432 patients on the waiting list for a kidney-only transplant in Scotland.
Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“These figures reveal that in the last decade hundreds of patients have died while waiting for a kidney transplant. Hundreds more are waiting for a transplant.
“I believe the current Organ Donation Bill will help to ensure that we simplify the process of getting organs to those who need them.
“However, the Scottish Government also need to do more to support organisations like Give A Kidney which works to raise awareness of living kidney donation to a stranger.”