Ministerial Support for NHSBT

Jane Ellison - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health (appointed October 2013)

""I would like to congratulate everyone at NHS Blood and Transplant as you celebrate your first ten years in operation.

Since the organisation's formation in 2005, your work has saved and improved thousands of lives and I know NHSBT is respected for the invaluable service you provide to the NHS; encouraging and supporting individuals to donate blood, stem cells, tissues and organs.

The significant increase in deceased organ donation which NHSBT has delivered has meant that thousands more people in need have received a life saving or improving transplant. Your work has also improved the safe and sufficient supply of blood to patients, collecting 19 million units of blood, while also delivering significant savings to the NHS.

It has also been great to see the active role NHSBT has played in supporting the NHS more generally - through your current support for the 100,000 genome project or in helping address challenges like Ebola and providing advice and guidance to similar services across the world. I am confident that you will continue to build on the success of the last ten years to deliver caring, expert and high quality services to NHS hospitals, patients and the donors who make it all possible.

At this important milestone, NHSBT can have reason to be proud. "


Anna Soubry - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health (4 Sept 2012 – 7 Oct 2013)

"NHS Blood and Transplant plays a unique role within the NHS, encouraging and supporting individuals to donate blood, stem cells and organs, and families to donate the organs and tissues of their loved ones to help improve or save the lives of others. It provides a caring, expert and efficient service, focused on ensuring patients get the quality treatment they need."



Anne Milton - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health (11 May 2010 to 4 Sept 2012)

"Under its current management team, NHSBT has done a great job and it continues to do so. It has maintained - indeed, greatly improved - the stability and security of the blood supply. It has also improved productivity in blood processing and testing by more than 50% in three years, which is a true achievement."



Support for UK donation and transplantation strategy

All four UK Health Ministers have shown their continued support for the 'Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 UK Strategy' by issuing press releases, attending events and posting personal messages as part of Transplant Week 2013.


Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health in Scotland

“In Scotland, we’ve already seen huge progress in terms of getting more people on the NHS Organ Donor Register and in significantly increasing the number of donors. While this shows we are on the right track, we know that even more can be done to address the shortage of donated organs. The Scottish plan sets out the actions we and the NHS will take to give more people the chance of receiving a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant."

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Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales

"I am pleased to lend the Welsh Government’s support for the new strategy, as we share its aims to revolutionise public attitudes to organ donation. In Wales, we have decided to legislate for a change in the consent system in order to save and improve more lives through organ donation. We believe this will bring about a cultural shift in attitudes towards organ donation. A change in legislation is just one – albeit major – action we are developing to increase donor rates. The 2020 strategy sets out a whole series of measures for the whole of the UK to build on the success we have had in this area.”

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Anna Soubry, Public Health Minister in England (2012-13)

"I am delighted that thanks to the work of NHS Blood and Transplant and the millions already signed up on the Organ Donor Register, we are seeing a 50 per cent increase in organ donors and 30 per cent more organs transplanted than five years ago. Giving an organ can save the life of someone in desperate need, so I'm delighted that so many people have agreed to donate and give the gift of life, helping to increase donor numbers by 50 per cent since 2008 and save hundreds of lives. It's vital that we continue to give more people the opportunity of a transplant which is why I encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their loved ones and sign the register today at"

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Edwin Poots, Minister of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland

“We all have the opportunity to help others in need and save lives by discussing your wish to donate an organ with family and friends and by joining the Organ Donor Register. I recently announced my intention to establish public attitudes towards organ donation and this work is now underway. Once the outcome of this work is known, which is expected to be later this year, I will decide on the next steps to increase organ donation in Northern Ireland."

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