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Thousands in East Lancashire sign up as organ donors
A SUMMER drive for organ donors in Lancashire has seen more than 3,000 people sign the register.
In mid-June about 428,000 Lancashire residents had signed up, and that figure now stands at more than 431,600.
Nationally, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the number of people donating organs after death has increased by 50 per cent in the last five years.
But doctors say more needs to be done, as many families refuse to consider the possibility of organ donation when a loved one has died.
The sharp rise is largely due to the creation of a network of specialist nurses who support bereaved families and discuss the possibility of organ donation with them.
Specialist nurses were one of a number of recommendations made in 2008 by the Organ Donation Taskforce, following a decade of almost no increase in the number of donated organs.
The taskforce also pushed for the creation of specialist organ retrieval teams and wider promotion and campaigning around the importance of organ donation.
The recommendations led to an increase in organ donors across the UK between 2007/8 and 2012/13 - including a rise of 49 per cent in England.
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