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Government’s consultation on organ donation opt-out system in England now open

Issue date: 
11 December 2017

Today the Department of Health have launched their public consultation on changing to an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation, to improve organ donation rates in England. This system of organ donation means that unless a person has registered or expressed a decision not to donate their organs after their death, they will be regarded as having no objection to donation. 

The consultation will be asking for comments on the proposed new system on areas such as:

  • How much say should families have in their deceased relative's decision to donate their organs?
  • When would exemptions to 'opt-out' be needed, and what safeguards will be necessary?
  • How might a new system affect certain groups depending on age, disability, race or faith?

You can find more information about the consultation here:

https://engage.dh.gov.uk/organdonation.

The consultation will run for twelve weeks concluding on 6 March 2018, after which a Government response will be published.

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