Drop in organ donations sparks renewed call for Leeds residents to discuss the taboo

A shocking drop in organ donation has prompted a renewed call for people in Leeds to discuss the taboo.

Monday, 20th July 2015, 5:00 am

Figures released today by NHS Blood and Transplant have revealed a five per cent drop in UK organ donation in the last year compared to 2013/14, as Yorkshire lags behind the national average.

It is thought the fact that 224 fewer people received transplants last year is linked to fewer people dying in circumstances where they could donate.

The YEP has been calling for people in Leeds to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register by backing the Be A Hero campaign after it emerged just 29 people in the city donated organs last year as around 800 people in Yorkshire await lifesaving transplants.

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Three people die every day in the UK waiting for an organ transplant.