Organ donations are rising in the North
Whilst many have opted to be organ donors through the NHS, or when applying for something like a driving licence, UK legislation still states that you have to consent to the donation - it's not an assumed right that your organs are available to be used in transplants. Despite calls for organ donation to be an 'opt out' service, it seems that consensual donation is on the rise - in Scotland, at least.
According to a BBC report, organ donation operations increased by a huge 62 per cent since 2007. 106 people across Scottish hospitals donated their organs last year, compared with 54 in 2007.
In the whole of Scotland, 2,110,881 people have registered as organ donors - that means that nearly half (40 per cent) of the Scottish population are registered compared to the 32 per cent of us that are registered in the whole of the UK. 314 transplant operations have occurred in Scotland in the past six years, and this goes to show the impact that organ donation can have on someone's life.
"First and foremost I want to offer my thanks to every donor and every donor's family in Scotland who have demonstrated such kindness and benevolence in the face of tragic and difficult circumstances," Michael Matheson (Public Health Minister) commented.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that people's organ donation wishes are respected and to ensure that we make every donation count. It's important to remember, however, that around 600 people in Scotland are still waiting for an organ and we must be doing all we can to give them hope."
There is always going to be a need for organ donors. Whilst there will always be some that feel they have to object to the notion, more and more of us are signing on to the scheme, and are therefore willing to help improve someone else's life when ours is no more - it's not too late to sign up!