Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

Seeking organ transplant changes

I’m really pleased that the Government has launched a consultation to look at moving to a system of ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation, which would see opting out of organ donation replacing opting in.

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Figures released earlier this year show that hundreds of people died last year waiting for an organ transplant. This is a shocking figure and it is time for a change in the law.

There are too few registered organ donors and people are dying as a result.

Wales introduced an opt-out system for organ donation two years ago and since then the number of potential organ donors has almost trebled, and more than twenty European countries have opt-out systems.

The sooner we follow suit the sooner countless lives will be saved.

The consultation is open until 6 March 2018 and more details can be found here: https://engage.dh.gov.uk/organdonation/.

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