Medicine

Organ ‘opt-out’ donation system in England by 2020

Organ ‘opt-out’ donation system in England by 2020

"Max's Law" means every adult will be automatically presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be.

Under the new organ donation system, everyone will be considered an organ donor unless they have explicitly recorded their desire not to be, are under 18 years old, lack the mental capacity to understand the changes, or have not lived in England for at least 12 months before their death.

NHS Blood and Transplant's annual Transplant Activity Report today reveals there is growing support for organ donation in the region.

How much of a difference does Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price think this could make?

The country began a voluntary organ donation trial in 2010 and promoted the practice across the country in 2013.

While research shows that 82 percent of people in England support organ donation, only 37 percent have indicated so on the register. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme and Northern Ireland has also expressed an interest.

"The decision by the UK Government to introduce an opt-out system in England is therefore very welcome and I am sure it will save hundreds of lives every year".




'However, we know this new system alone is not a magic bullet.

Those who do want to opt out will be able to do so by using a National Health Service (NHS) app to be launched at the end of the year.

"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.

An "opt-out" system for organ donation will be introduced in the United Kingdom in a move that should save hundreds of lives a year, the government will announce today.

Proposals include an option on the NHS organ donor register for people to state important religious and cultural beliefs to ensure they are respected and there will be strict safeguards in place.

There are roughly 5,100 people on the waiting list in England and the government estimates that the new system has the potential to save 700 extra lives a year. "Of course, the reason why the government have shifted from the opt-in to the opt-out position is to increase donations - which is a good thing, but done in a way which is at risk of being done by slight of hand".