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More doctors and donors needed for transplantation in the UK

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:350
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    More doctors and twice the number of donors are needed to avert a worsening crisis in transplant surgery, warned the Royal College of Surgeons last week.

    Waiting lists for organ transplants are continuing to grow but the number of cadaver donors has remained at around 900 a year since 1990, according to the report by a two year working party into the state of transplant surgery in the United Kingdom. At any time, 4500 people are on a waiting list for a heart, liver, or lung transplant, and 1 in 5 …

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