Opt-out organ donation reform moves a step closer to becoming law

A NEW opt-out system for organ donation moved a step closer to becoming law.

Proposed reforms cleared the latest parliamentary hurdle when peers made no changes to the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill during its committee stage in the Lords.

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The Government estimates the move will save hundreds of lives each year[/caption]

If it is eventually passed, adults in England will be presumed to be organ donors unless they specifically record their decision not to be.

In the debate, Tory former health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said such a system would allow people to state a preference not to donate — which he pointed out they can not do at present.

He said: “It must be the case under the system we have now that some people’s organs are being donated because their family agree even though they wouldn’t have agreed — which can’t be right.

Speaking for the Government, Tory frontbencher Baroness Manzoor told peers: “Even if one life is saved as a result of this change in culture, that must surely be worth it.”

The backbench Bill — which cleared the Commons last year — will save hundreds of lives a year, the Government estimates

Wales introduced an opt-out system in 2015 and Scotland’s parliament has tabled legislation on the issue.



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