Last Updated: 08 August 2018
Created: 08 August 2018
Plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation have been welcomed by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.
The Government announced this week its plan to implement an opt-put system of consent, which will mean everyone is considered an organ donor unless they have explicitly recorded a wish not to be, are under-18 or don’t have the mental capacity to understand the changes.
It is hoped that these changes will help address the chronic lack of donors, and could save around 700 more lives a year.
While the new system shifts the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation, those who do not wish to donate their organs will still be able to record their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, either via NHS Blood and Transplant’s website or by calling their helpline. The NHS app, launching at the end of this year, will make it even easier for people to record their decision.
The proposed new system is expected to come into effect in England in spring 2020 as part of a drive to help people waiting for a life-saving transplant. There will be a 12-month transition period to allow time for discussion with friends and family about organ donation preferences.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: “Every day three people die waiting for a donor organ, which is why the plans to transform the way organ donation works are so important. Donation rates are increasing, reflecting public support for donation. Making this change will ensure we continue to see an increase in the number of people surviving who require a donor organ.”