That the Parliament notes that National Transplant Week 2015 is being held between 7 and 13 September; recognises that the campaign aims to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK; understands that the theme of this year’s awareness campaign is “7 days to say I do”, which aims to highlight the importance of encouraging people to discuss their decision about organ donation with those closest to them; believes that the latest figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show that 534 people were on the transplant waiting list in Scotland as at 30 June 2015; notes with concern that the number of patients successfully receiving organ transplants in Scotland fell by 11% to 378 in the 12 months up to March 2015, with the number of donors in Scotland falling from 106 to 98 in the same period; understands that family refusal rates increased by nearly 8% from 38.6% to 46.1%, a larger increase than the UK average of 1%, and considers that National Transplant Week plays an important role in raising awareness of the need to address the shortage of available organs for transplant in the UK.
It was an honour to to meet with Carlo Perrotta (right), Consul General of Italy for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and H.E. Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador of Italy to The United Kingdom in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th August.
As the Scottish Labour Party‘s Shadow Minister for Europe and International Development, it was a great opportunity to discuss the importance of the UK’s continued membership of the European Union.
We also talked about the big Italian community in my Glasgow constituency and the fantastic contribution they have made to the city and to Scotland.
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The Finance Committee at The Scottish Parliament has issued a call for evidence on the financial memorandum for the Organ Donation Bill.
The closing date for written evidence is Friday 28 August.
You can read the call for evidence questions and guidelines on how to submit evidence by clicking on the link below.