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Transplant Surgery: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 8296, tabled on 27 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding the Government plans to allocate to the NHS to support an increase in the number of organ transplants as a result of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019.

Answered on

4 February 2020

The long-term funding settlement will see the National Health Service in England receive increased funding of £33.9 billion in cash terms per year by the end of the five years compared to today, in a move to secure the future of the health service.

To support their planning, NHS Blood and Transplant have been working with NHS England to model the anticipated impact of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 on the number of organs donated and transplanted across each of the transplant units in England.

Providers have been asked to assess their capacity and capability to deliver the projected increases especially with regard to workforce, infrastructure and support services (for example theatre capacity, beds, short and long-term capacity to follow-up patients) to enable service to meet the increased demand.