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NHS Transplant Authority Review

Date: 12-Apr-2010

There will be an independent review after the NHS transplant authority confirmed 21 cases in which the wrong organs may have been taken from donors.

As many as 800,000 people on the UK donor register may have had their preferences about which organs they wished to donate recorded incorrectly.

Potential donations from these people have been temporarily put on hold.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said he regretted the error but it should not stop people from donating.

The British Medical Association warned public confidence could be damaged.

NHS Blood and Transplant apologised and said only people in Scotland, England and Wales who had registered as donors using their driving licence application form were potentially affected.

Mr Burnham said a system had been put into place to prevent the error from happening again

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