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Donors: Organs

Question for Department of Health

UIN 204555, tabled on 8 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will encourage the organisers of the British Transplant Games to hold the games each year in Organ Transplant Week.

Answered on

15 July 2014

The British Transplant Games are organised and run by Transplant Sport UK. In the course of its stakeholder engagement, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) regularly communicate with Transplant Sport UK to update them on their activities. However, NHSBT has no involvement in how the games are organised and therefore has no direct input as to when and where the games are held.

NHSBT does welcome thoughts from the organ donation and transplantation stakeholder community on potential dates for future Organ Transplant Weeks. However, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration for a change of date - both operationally from NHSBT and the transplant community, as well as the wider impact of other high profile events in the healthcare arena/wider public interest. There are benefits of retaining two events, including the potential for double the publicity.