Organ Donation Will Change To Opt Out System Because Of Daily Mirror Campaign

Organ Donation Will Change To Opt Out System Because Of Daily Mirror Campaign
05 Oct
2017

Theresa May has announced she will change the law on organ donation in a stunning victory for the Daily Mirror and our readers.

The Prime Minister revealed the historic move to an Opt Out system in her speech at the Tory party conference in Manchester. The huge development comes after a two-year campaign by the Daily Mirror.

Health campaigners, medics, MPs and patients hailed the Daily Mirror’s relentless drive to save hundreds of lives.

Labour MP Dan Jarvis said it “shows what a difference a campaigning newspaper can make”.

Others described our victory as “momentous” and a “game changer” for the most seriously ill patients across England.

And the boss of Britain’s biggest heart charity said the move would end “the agonising pain felt by families who risk losing a loved one while they wait for a donor”.

We have been calling for a system of presumed consent across the UK, whereby organs become available unless people decide not to take part. 

And after our massive two-year battle for change, the PM announced plans for the biggest shake-up of the organ donation system in decades.

She hailed our front page story on September 4 which revealed 457 Brits could have been saved by a law change where people are assumed to consent to being donors after they die.

Mrs May said: “Our ability to help people who need transplants is limited by the number of organ donors that come forward.

“That is why last year 500 people died because a suitable organ was not available. And there are 6,500 on the transplant list today.

“So to address this challenge that affects all communities in our country, we will change that system. Shifting the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation.

”The Government will launch a consultation on the issue before bringing in the change to the system.A Government spokesman said:

“The consultation will propose to automatically enter everyone on the donor register, unless they decide to opt out.”

And the official Tory party Twitter account later confirmed: “Too many people die waiting for donor organs. We will introduce an Opt Out system for organ donation.”

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