All adults will now be considered organ donors

A new law change means that all adults in England will be considered organ donors when they die unless the family intervenes or the individual opts out.

The change, known as Max and Keira’s law, comes into effect on 20 May and could potentially save hundreds of lives each year. Currently, 80 per cent of adults in England say they would consider becoming a donor, but fewer than 40 per cent have signed up to the current register.

Opt-out has been a success in Wales, where it has been law since 2015, with the consent rate having risen from 58 per cent to 75 per cent.

Family consent will still be required for organs or tissues to be retrieved, both out of consideration for the family, and to make sure additional relevant information is gathered.

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