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Change to organ donation system is 'hugely positive step' which will 'save many lives', says BMA

Responding to the Government’s announcement that a new ‘opt out’ organ donation system is set to be introduced in May 20201, Dr John Chisholm, BMA Medical Ethics Committee chair, said:

“The introduction of the new opt-out organ donation system is a hugely positive step and something that the BMA has been consistently campaigning for over the last 20 years.

“Last year more than 400 people died waiting for a transplant and the BMA wholeheartedly believes the opt-out model is the best way to address the serious organ shortage in England and will save many lives.

“With the change to the system now set to go ahead in the spring, it is essential that it is widely publicised and communicated to patients and the public, so people are fully aware of the changes and can choose to opt out of organ donation if they wish to do so.

“It is also vital that the NHS is given the proper resources and is fully staffed to ensure patients reap the full benefit of the new system and the potential increase in donations.”


Notes to editors

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