Changes to organ donation system in England a step closer to becoming law

26 October 2018        

Category: BHF Comment

Today a Bill which will introduce an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation in England passed its remaining stages in the House of Commons.

A view of parliament across the River Thames.

The Bill, introduced by MP Geoffrey Robinson and now led by Dan Jarvis MP, would change organ donation in England from the current system of opt-in, to a system whereby anyone over 18 years of age is assumed to have given their consent to donate.

Commenting on the news, John Maingay, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Heart Foundation said:

“Today’s result brings us a step closer to tackling the desperate shortage of organs in the UK. It is positive news for the thousands of people waiting for an organ, their friends and relatives, as well as for the majority of the public who support the change in law.

“Introducing an opt-out system for organ donation will help to increase the number of organs available to those who so desperately need them.

“As the Bill enters the House of Lords and we look forward to working with Peers from across that House to help deliver a new system which, as part of a range of measures, could help to save hundreds more lives.”