New organ donation law 'could save 700 more lives every year'

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The law would see the system change to an opt-out scheme, where people will be assumed to be willing to donate organs after death unless they have said otherwise.

"It can not be right that a shortage of donors means people from minority ethnic backgrounds wait longer for a transplant than others", Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, said.

There will be exceptions - children under 18, those with diminished mental capabilities, and foreigners who have been in the country less than 12 months - and relatives can still override the "presumed consent", if the "donor" has relatives in the first place to object.

A fearless caller who lost her husband to liver failure perfectly explains why a new opt-out system for organ donations is so important.

Further, 21% of people who died on the organ donation waiting list in the United Kingdom previous year were from a BAME background.

Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation.

The NHS app, launching at the end of this year, will make it even easier for people to record their decision.

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"I've always been a supporter of organ donation, it's such a noble thing to do for people to give that gift - it really is the gift of life", he added.

"If she can introduce legislation to pass budgets and set rates, then she can introduce a new measure which we know would immediately begin to save lives".

Zheng Shusen, vice president of the association, said that despite much progress achieved over the past years, China should further promote organ donation to benefit more patients in the future.

Fiona Loud, policy director of Kidney Care UK, told BBC Breakfast the experience in Wales, where donations did not initially increase, showed the new system depended on widespread public support.

Asked by the news anchor whether it would give doctors licence to take your organs, the medical ethicist said: "Sometimes if there is no known wish a doctor can approach relatives and some relatives decide not to donate".

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: 'There is a desperate shortage of organ donors in the UK.

Organ donation is a personal choice and faith plays a major role in their decision.

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