Families are withdrawing consent for their relatives’ organs to be donated because of delays in finding a recipient, according to an NHS report.
The number of people alive thanks to transplants has exceeded 50,000 for the first time, with a record number receiving a transplant last year, according to an NHS Blood and Transplant report. However, it also warned of “considerable variation between transplant units and clinicians in their approach to risk when offered a donor organ for one of their patients. It can take many transactions to place organs with recipients, slowing down the process and resulting in extra stress for everyone involved. Sometimes donor families withdraw consent because they can no longer cope with the time involved.”