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UK organ donation - are you aware of the change in the law?

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Change in legislation aims to increase number of organ donors

On 20 May 2020 the law relating to organ donation changed in the UK.

Prior to this date, those who wished to donate their organs were required to opt in, meaning that people had to actively register their intention to become a donor. Inevitably not everybody wishing to become an organ donor did this, and there will have been missed opportunities for organ donation, thus contributing to the 350 people who sadly died last year whilst awaiting a transplant.

From 20 May 2020, however, the default position is that organs will be donated unless a person has opted out of the scheme. This change will inevitably improve and save the lives of some of the 6,000 people that were on the donor list last year in the UK.

More information, including the opt out details, can be found here: Organ donation UK