Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Organ donation could become 'opt-out'

Organ donation could become 'opt-out' Organ donation could become 'opt-out'
Melinda Barton | 24 February, 2018, 06:07

The debate ended in good news, because the government has confirmed it will support a bill created to introduce such a system.

An opt-out system has already been introduced in Wales by the devolved Welsh government.

BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'This excellent news, that opt-out organ donation moves one step closer to becoming law, will be reassuring to the roughly 5,500 people awaiting an organ in England and their families and friends.

The Scottish government is also moving forward with plans to make organ donation an opt-out system.

She said: "We are supporting this Bill, we are determined to ensure that we secure more organs available for transplant, because we are very concerned that we are losing lives unnecessarily".

"On the basis that we could save 200 lives, we will wholeheartedly support this Bill".

The change follows a two-year long campaign fronted by 10-year-old Max Johnson.

Speaking to Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson who introduced the Bill, Ms Doyle-Price added: "I'm very grateful to him for bringing this Bill and to confirm that the Government will give its wholehearted support".

More than 23 million people are on the organ donor register in the United Kingdom and donation rates hit a record high previous year. Seven hundred and twenty-one of them are Utahns waiting for a life-saving organ to become available.

'Every day, three people in the United Kingdom die waiting for a donated organ.

Tory MP Peter Heaton-Jones said that Mr Ball's decision to allow Keira's organs to be used should serve as an "inspiration" to us all, adding that "more organs means more saved lives".

Under current legislation, those willing to donate their organs after death must indicate their consent by signing a national registry through their GP surgery, hospital or on the NHS organ donation website.