NEWS: HEALTH SECRETARY CALLS FOR OPT OUT SYSTEM ON ORGAN DONATION
On December 12th 2017, the Government will launch a consultation on an organ donation opt-out system – a historic opportunity that could help transform thousands of lives on the waiting list.
The consultation on organ donation matters because…
- Three people die every day waiting for an organ
- 80% of people would be willing to donate their organs after they die,
but only 36% register as an organ donor
- In the proposed new system people won’t need to register as an organ donor, but the public need to share their views to help decide how the new system will work in practice
Today, October 4th 2017, it was reported the UK Prime Minister has vowed to change the organ donation process in England, to include an opt-out system following a speech to delegates at the Tory party conference in Manchester.
ACLT has been campaigning for such a change to take place for a number of years, so we are thrilled to hear about such a change in law!
Last year 500 people died because a suitable organ was not available. Today, there are 6,500 on the transplant list.
Our co-founder and CEO, Orin Lewis has said about the change in law:
What are your thoughts on the news re the opt-out system? If you’re currently not on the register, do you plan to opt out? Share your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #optout and remember to tag @acltcharity
Image credit: NHS Blood & Transplant
The government needs to hear as many views as possible from a diverse range of people.
HAVE YOUR SAY. Visit the Gov.uk website to leave your views. Click here to be directed to the consultation.