Charity forecasts doubling of patients needing dialysis

A kidney transplant shortage will double the number of people needing essential dialysis treatment, according to charity the National Kidney Federation.

The number of UK residents on dialysis, currently 20,000, is forecast to increase over the next 10 years due to soaring obesity rates, high BP and the increasing ageing population as well as a significant shortage of organ transplants.

Despite these increasing patient numbers, treatment rates for kidney failure in the UK are lower than anywhere in Europe.

The federation’s 10-point reform plan calls for urgent improvements to dialysis services that could help to extend the lives of many kidney disease patients and save the NHS money.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

UK National Kidney Federation

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