Bereaved families have vetoed the donation of organs from hundreds of registered donors in the last five years, new figures show – but it won’t be happening for much longer.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) data suggests relatives blocked transplants in 547 – or one in seven – cases since 2010.
Now things are going to change. The body says it will no longer seek a family’s formal consent in order to reduce the number of “overrides”, according to the BBC.
Instead, family members will be given a leaflet which explains consent remains with the deceased, although they can still block donation by providing reasons in writing.
NHSBT estimated the blocked donors would have provided organs for 1,200 of the 6,578 patients on the waiting list for a transplant, while not asking relatives could result in the number donors rising by 9%.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHSBT, told the broadcaster: “We are taking a tougher approach – but also a more honest approach. Continue reading