Drive to boost organ donation

People from religious groups, including Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs, are being urged to think about organ donation.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has published a series of leaflets setting out the view of each faith in relation to the process.

It comes as faith leaders from all the major UK religions joined together at a meeting yesterday morning to promote organ donation.

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NHSBT said while all the major religions in the UK support the principles of organ donation, religion and culture “can sometimes be barriers” to people joining the organ donor register.

Just 1.4 per cent of people on the register are Asian and 0.4 per cent come from black communities.

These groups are three times more likely to need a transplant.