Britain to adop new opt-out system for organ donation

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The law change follows a consultation previous year which showed the public are overwhelmingly in favour of organ donation, but only a minority have registered as organ donors. It'll make everyone in England a donor unless they explicitly opt out.

The government has outlined plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in order to tackle a shortage of donors.

The Government says this better-reflects the views of the majority of the population who are in favour of organ donation.

They need lifetime support and care to ensure transplanted organs are not rejected and life with their new organ is lived well. According to the British Heart Foundation, fewer than half of families consent to their loved one's organs being donated if they are unaware of their wishes.

While research shows that 82% of people in England support organ donation, only 37% have indicated so on the register.

"We believe that by making these changes, we can save as many as 700 more lives every year".

Those who do not want to donate their organs can record their decision on the Organ Donor Register.

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Further, 21% of people who died on the organ donation waiting list in the United Kingdom previous year were from a BAME background.

A fearless caller who lost her husband to liver failure perfectly explains why a new opt-out system for organ donations is so important.

New systems to record an individual's faith and ensure the NHS consults religious leaders or family members on any traditions that need to be respected will be in effect from December 2018.

Jackie Doyle-Price, Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, said the changes could save up to 700 lives every year, but she said organ donation remained a gift.

But Mr Beggs warned that unless it is also extended here, Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the United Kingdom without an opt-out system.

"I want to encourage people who wish to give life in the event of their death to take the time to record their wishes and discuss it with their family", she said.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We're incredibly grateful to all the families in Tyne and Wear who have chosen to say "yes" to organ donation".

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