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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

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A new system of "presumed consent" is set to be introduced in England, in line with Scotland and Wales, in spring 2020 as part of a drive to help those people desperately waiting for a life-saving transplant.

We believe that by making these changes, we can save as many as 700 more lives every year.

Children, people with limited mental capacity and others who have not lived in England for at least a year prior to their death will be exempt from the scheme.

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.

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.

The announcement came after a report called on the NHS to take more proactive action to address the high death rate among Indian-origin people in Britain due to low levels of organ donation within the community.

It is estimated that three people die each day in need of an organ transplant.

Research shows that 82 per cent of people in this country support organ donation, but only 37 per cent have recorded their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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"This new system of organ donation presents us with an opportunity to save hundreds of black, Asian, mixed race and ethnic minority lives".

Those who do not wish to donate can record this on the NHS register either online, by phone or on an app to be released by the end of the year.

Janet Davies added: "We welcome the commitment to clear conditions and safeguards to ensure the new system is fair to patients and to donors".

The legislation, which was introduced in parliament in July 2017, will return to the House of Commons in the autumn.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We're incredibly grateful to all the families in Tyne and Wear who have chosen to say "yes" to organ donation. Many more lives could be saved by telling their families they want to donate".

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: "There is a desperate shortage of organ donors in the UK".

"People in older age groups can still save and transform lives through organ and tissue donation".