You may have seen or heard the recent BBC report that the system for allocating liver transplants is causing younger people to wait longer. We would like to point out to our families that in the context of this report, young people refers to adults aged 26 – 49. The algorithm referred in this report does not apply to paediatric liver transplantation or to cases where a super-urgent transplant is required. You can see the full report here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-66259618.
The British Liver Trust, who supports adults with liver disease, has responded to the report here British Liver Trust response to BBC article “Young people wait four times longer for liver transplants” – British Liver Trust.
We advise young adults awaiting a transplant who are concerned by the issues highlighted in this report to speak directly to their medical team.