Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (513, 514, 515, 516, 517)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

513. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of living donors that made kidney donations in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11227/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

514. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the cost of a living donor transplant operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11228/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

515. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the cost of a transplant operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11229/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

516. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of deceased donors in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11230/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

517. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of deceased donors who came from each acute hospital in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11231/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 513 to 517, inclusive, together.

The number of both living and deceased donors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 is set out in the following table.

2010

2011

2012

Deceased Donors

58

93

78

Living donors

23

27

32

Total Transplants

174

275

239

Donor Rate (per million population)

13.68

20.3

17.03

The HSE's National Operational Plan for 2013 provides for additional funding of €3.5m and 30 WTEs to enable Beaumont Hospital to perform 50 live donor transplants in 2013 as part of an expansion of the Live Donor Transplantation Programme aiming to achieve up to 100 live donor transplants annually by 2015. The Operational Plan also includes a commitment to maintain/increase the number of solid organ transplants, to a minimum of 200 renal transplants (deceased and living), 20 lung transplants, 15 heart transplants and 54 liver transplants in 2013. In conjunction with the HSE's National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office I am considering what practices and organisational changes could further improve donation rates in Ireland. I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the specific issues raised.