NHS Glasgow hits back at organ donor claim

NHS Glasgow have dismissed the claims found in a new study. Picture: TSPL
NHS Glasgow have dismissed the claims found in a new study. Picture: TSPL
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A REPORT which identified Glasgow as having the lowest rates of kidney donations in the UK has been described as out-of-date and “deeply unhelpful and disruptive” by the health board representing the city.

The study, by Cambridge University and NHS Blood and Transplant, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, found that Glasgow had a donation rate of 3.2%.

This was based on the 27,482 patients who died in critical care in the UK between April 2010 and December 2011.

Of these people, 1,528, or 5.5%, became kidney donors.

But the researchers found “significant variations” from the average rate in different parts of the country, with “significantly lower” donation rates in Glasgow and Manchester, at 3.2% and 4.5% respectively, compared with “significantly higher” rates in Cardiff and Cambridge, at 7.5% and 7% respectively.


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the data was out-of-date and did not reflect the current status of kidney donation within Glasgow.

Marc Clancy, consultant transplant surgeon and lead director for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Transplantation, said: “At a most basic level the report is misleading in that it refers to data drawn from intensive care units from across the whole of the west of Scotland as being ‘Glasgow’ specific.

“However of greater concern is the fact that the data, drawn from a single point in time more than two years ago, fails to reflect the significant increase in donor rates that has been achieved across the west of Scotland - from ICUs from Dumfries to Fort William - over the past two years.

“Furthermore the figures quoted in the report are in no way whatsoever a reflection of the West of Scotland Renal Transplant Unit based in Glasgow which has increased transplant numbers way above most other UK transplant units.”

He added: “Given the vast increase in donation rates achieved in Scotland in the past two years, the publication of this out-of-date report is deeply unhelpful and disruptive to those who have worked tirelessly to drive donation rates up to unprecedented levels in Scotland.”


Glasgow region ‘has lowest kidney donation rates’