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A total of 285 Scots have received life-saving transplants in the last 12 months as latest figures show that Scotland has achieved a 74.1 per cent increase in organ donors.

The statistics, released by NHS Blood and Transplant also show a UK-wide increase of 50 per cent, a target set by the Organ Donation Taskforce in 2008, and met in Scotland a year early in 2012.

Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health said:

"I am delighted that Scotland has delivered a 74 per cent increase in organ donation and I would like to thank the many NHS staff who have worked tirelessly to make this possible.

“We have also increased the number of transplants by 36 per cent, and have the highest proportion of any UK country's population on the NHS Organ Donor Register.   

“I am very aware that organ donation can only occur as a result of tragic circumstances, but I also know that many donor families gain comfort from the fact that their loved one went on to save several lives.   

"Reaching this increase is a landmark achievement, however we must not forget the fact that around 600 Scots are still waiting for a transplant and we can and must do more to help them. We will continue to work with NHS Blood and Transplant and the other UK countries to build on our achievements and the excellent progress which has been made to date".
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