Today (Wednesday 4 October) the Prime Minister has announced plans to change the organ donation system in England to presumed consent (also known as opt-out). Under this system it is automatically presumed that you will donate your organs unless you choose not to, by opting out. Currently in England, you need to opt in to donate your organs by signing the organ donor register.
Fiona Loud, Policy Director at Kidney Care UK, said: "This is a truly momentous day for the 25,000 people in England on dialysis with kidney failure. One person dies every day whilst waiting for a kidney transplant and this change has the potential to be both life saving and life changing."
Only last month we met with politicians from all political parties who were in support of changing the law to help save more lives. We look forward to working with the Government, NHS Blood and Transplant and colleagues throughout the kidney community to implement a new era for organ donation and transplantation.
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