Why do England and NI have 'opt-in' organ donation?

BBC NEWS | Kate Palmer
The NHS runs campaigns to encourage donors to register - but rules differ across the UK
How you decide what happens to your organs after death depends on where you live in the UK. So what is the current system and what might change?

People in Scotland are set to automatically become organ donors unless they opt out - following a similar move introduced in Wales in 2015.

The change has for now been rejected in England and Northern Ireland, which instead relies on public awareness campaigns.

Three people in the UK die a day in need of donors, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. This is despite an all-time high in registered donors, with 23.4 millionpeople - or 36% of Britons - on the organ register.
Opting-out: What happens in Scotland and Wales

The "soft" opt-out system planned for Scotland means parts of an adult's body can be used in transplants - unless they have opted out. Families and next of kin can still veto the removal of organs.

So-called "deemed consent" has been the system in Wales since December 2015, where 6% of the population has chosen to opt out. Continue reading


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