A new law has just come into force in relation to organ donation. This law aims to improve the provision of organs for transplant and all adults over the age of 18 in England will be automatically opted in as potential organ donors.
From Wednesday 20th May 2020, if anyone in England does not wish to have their organs to be considered for transplant, then they will need to opt out officially.
In 2015, a similar law was enforced in Wales. For Scotland, this law is due to have the same scheme in place by Autumn 2020. Northern Ireland still has the opt in system.
This new law had been considered after a boy whose life was saved when he received the heart of Keira, a nine-year old girl. As a result, this law had been named the Max and Keira’s law.
The nine-year old girl, Keira Ball had saved four lives, including Max Johnson (also nine-years old), when her organs were donated after she died in a car crash in 2017.
Every day in the UK, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant. According to reports, in 2019, there were more than 6,000 people on the NHS waiting list that need an organ transplant. This includes more than 300 people waiting for a new heart or a heart and lung. This law will hopefully lead to an additional 700 organ transplants a year by 2023.
Due to the coronavirus, the number of transplants completed had seen a significant drop in the UK. According to the stats from the NHS Blood and Transplant, it shows that 99 operations were carried out in April, compared to March with 244 operations.
Should you wish to not be considered as an organ donor, you can opt out by registering a ‘refuse to donate’ decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
If you have already registered but wish to change your decision, you can do this by completing the ‘amend your details’ form online. You can click here to do so.
Regardless of your decision, it’s important to know that your family, faith, beliefs, and culture will continue to be respected.
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