Daily Echo UK | Ed Stillard
|Daily Echo reporter Ed Stilliard and Pascale Withey, specialist nurse organ donation|
IT IS an issue which many of us think about, but thinking about it isn’t enough.
Every year calls are made by campaigners to get more people on to the organ donor register in the hope that the life of a seriously ill person can be saved.
In England people must place themselves onto the organ donor register and tell their family their wishes if they want to pass on their organs to anyone else.
It means that the register relies on people making that extra step if they want to help others – a system which many people think is flawed.
Earlier this year the Daily Echo ran a campaign – Seven Weeks To Say I Donate – in a bid to get more people to sign up to the organ donor register and back then there were calls for the government to introduce an “opt out” system.
This week a landmark new law on organ donors came into effect in Wales. Continue reading