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Organ donation proposed to change to opt out system

Organ donation proposed to change to opt out system

Did you know there are currently 6,500 people on the transplant list and an average of threepeople a day die from waiting for a transplant?

Theresa May announced yesterday at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, her proposal to introduce an opt out system for organ donation in England. At the moment you have to opt in through a donor card scheme to donate your organs, but a newproposed system will presume an adult’s body can be used for transplants after death.

This is already the case in Wales as consent for organ donation is presumed. Wales changed the law back in 2015 and it looks like England will follow the same system. In Wales, there has been huge success since the opt-out system was introduced, the number waiting for a transplant fell by more than a third, if the same trend happened in England, a further 1,800 lives could be saved!

Theresa May said: "Our ability to help people who need transplants is limited by the number of organ donors that come forward…So to address this challenge that affects all communities in our country, we will change that system - shifting the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation."

This announcement is a huge development for doctors, health campaigners and MP’s who have supported the change in approach. It’s thought that this move say will boost donations and save numerous lives.  You only need to look back at the story of Jemima Layzell to see the benefits and success of organ donation. At age 13 she decided to sign up to the donor register and managed to save the lives of eight people! If ever there has been a story to convince you about the positive impact of organ donation then that is the one.

What do you think about the proposed opt out system? Do you think it’s a good idea? Are you already an organ donor? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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