More pa­tients to get trans­plants

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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