More patients to get transplants
An extra 100 patients will receive kidney transplants every year over the next four years.
The Government is investing $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplants.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says the shortage of kidneys for transplantation is a serious problem in New Zealand.
‘‘Kidney transplants significantly improve the quality of life and the long-term survival of patients with end stage renal disease.
‘‘We want to give more people who need a transplant renewed lives and reduce expensive healthcare costs, such as dialysis,’’ he says.
About 110 transplants were given last year but there are still more than 600 people on the waiting list. The target is to increase transplants by 10 a year.
The National Renal Transplant Service will be led by doctors and renal transplant experts and will help co-ordinate better services. Donor liaison co-ordinators will also support donors and recipients throughout the transplantation.