Changing to an 'opt out' system - England
Currently, there is an opt-in basis for consent for organ donation in England. We want to see a change in the law to an opt-out system, meaning that everyone would automatically be an organ donor unless they opt-out. We feel that this would better reflect public opinion as we know that 80% of people say they support organ donation, just 36% are on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
BHF believe that a change in law, alongside investment in the health system could help deliver an increase in organs; helping to shift social norms towards donation and away from refusal.
The BHF wants to see an opt-out system accompanied by:
- Investment to the organ donation infrastructure, capacity and training for health care professionals are also required to provide essential support for an opt-out system to be successful
- A robust system ensuring that everyone who wishes to opt-out can do so and has the opportunity to amend this at any point
- A wide-ranging communication strategy to raise awareness and encourage people to share their wishes with their families making organ donation an integral part of the fabric of our everyday lives.
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