NEWS: ORGAN DONATION LAW IN THE UK IS CHANGING

 

On 20 May 2020 the new opt out organ donation system will be introduced in England, to address the shortage of organs available for transplant.

Since news of a possible opt out organ donation system for England hit the news headlines two years ago, ACLT has championed the potential change in law, so fully support the decision for the new opt out organ donation system to go live this May.

Orin Lewis OBE, ACLT co-founder and CEO said:

“6,000 people across the UK are currently waiting for a transplant and sadly many will die waiting. It is for this reason, ACLT are thrilled to hear the new opt out organ donation system will be introduced on the 20th May 2020.

Because one in five people who died on the organ transplant waiting list year were from a BAME background, and while we encourage people of all races to record their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register website, we have a particular focus on engaging with the black community on this subject matter especially when ethnicity matching is so vital as many from this group are disproportionately affected.

Therefore it is important to understand donating organs will always remain a personal decision, even prior to the new system starting in May, so please visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/ to learn the facts, record your decision whilst informing loved ones on whatever your preference may be.”

ACLT supports many patients such as 39-year-old Natasha Tiwari.  Natasha is a prime example of someone who has been waiting for a matched donor for over five years.  With such a new law in place, Natasha now has a better chance of finding a suitable organ donor and getting on with her life.

Why is the law changing?
The law is being changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant

What do I have to do?
NHS Blood and Transplant are asking everyone to:
1. Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register
2. Tell your family and friends what you have decided

If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call NHS Blood and Transplant on their dedicated line: 0300 303 2094

When is the law changing?
The opt out system in England will come into effect from the 20th May 2020. The law around organ donation in England will remain ‘opt in’ until this time.

Who will the changes affect?
These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups:

• Those under the age of 18
• People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
• Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
• People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death

NHS Blood and Transplant have a fact sheet which explains how the law around organ donation in England is changing, what you need to do and the choices you can make. Download it here