Date lodged: 4 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on altruistic kidney donation, and what action it can take to encourage people to consider becoming living kidney donors.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019
The Scottish Government is supportive of altruistic kidney donation, although it is of course entirely for individuals to decide if they wish to donate a kidney, whether to a stranger or to a loved one. The role of the Scottish Government is to help raise public awareness of the potential of living kidney donation and to that end a range of information about living kidney donation is available on the Organ Donation Scotland website. The Scottish Government will continue to ensure that real-life stories of living kidney donors, recipients of living kidneys and how these people have benefited from this type of donation are published on a regular basis.