Organ donation rises by 50pc

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The number of people donating organs after death has increased by 50 per cent in the last five 

Over the last 12 months more than 1,200 people in the UK donated organs, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said, helping to transform 3,100 lives.

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.