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More organ transplants being carried out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017

A record number of organ transplants from deceased donors were carried out in 2016, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

He says from 61 deceased donors 181 organs were transplanted. The number of organs transplanted has increased 57 per cent in the past four years.

"Organ transplantation is a life-saving treatment and for people with organ failure it's often the only option available," says Dr Coleman.

"Decisions by families of deceased donors and by living donors, together with the compassion and hard work of staff means that more and more patients are receiving transplants."

In New Zealand, there are more than 550 people waiting for an organ or tissue transplant, Organ Donation New Zealand says.

The Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill, brought by MP Chris Bishop, was passed by parliament in November last year.

The legislation helps to remove the financial deterrent to becoming a live organ donor, Dr Coleman says.

The Ministry of Health is developing systems and processes to meet the Act's provisions, with the law due to come into effect before the end of this year.

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