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S5W-17931: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 31 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) plans it has and (b) discussions it has had with the UK Government to ensure that organs for transplant from outside the UK can continue to be quickly transported to Scotland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and which costs related to this will be met by the UK Government.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 17 August 2018

The Scottish Government is in regular contact with the UK Government about EU Exit in relation to donated organs for transplant.

We do not expect there to be any impact on the transport arrangements or associated transport costs of the small number of organs coming to Scotland from other EU countries as a result of the EU Exit, but we will continue to monitor this.

NHS Blood and Transplant will be working with the donation organisations in the other EU countries which sometimes provide donated organs to the UK to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for EU Exit.