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Organ donation rates in Spain for British residents are higher than in UK

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4948 (Published 01 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4948
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

Spain’s transplantation service seems to have more success than the UK’s own services at getting British people to donate the organs of a dead relative.

The Spanish National Transplant Organisation’s data for 2005-7 show that in 51 (91%) of 56 cases where a British person died in Spain and became a potential organ donor the relatives agreed to donation, whereas data for the UK show that relatives agree to donate in only six in 10 cases. In the first years of the decade the proportion consenting to organ donation after a death in Spain was similar (92%).

In 2008-10 the number rose to 64, although the proportion of relatives who refused is not available for this period. The director of the Spanish National Transplant …

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