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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21098: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been saved each year by the NHS following the introduction of altruistic kidney donations under the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 31 January 2019

It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of the savings to the NHS each year following the introduction of altruistic kidney donations under the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 as circumstances will vary from patient to patient. In particular, the level of savings in Scotland will vary depending on: whether the recipient of the transplant lives in Scotland and whether and for how long their transplanted kidney continues to function effectively.

However, in general terms, NHS National Services Scotland’s National Services Division estimated in its publication Commissioning Transplantation to 2020 that the average living donor transplant costs £55,532 and that on average dialysis costs £33,000 per patient per year (estimates as at 2014). Therefore, in cases where the a transplant is successful, this would normally lead to savings for the NHS for that particular transplant recipient within two years.

Since 2006, there have been 64 recipients of altruistic living donor transplants in Scotland.