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New Britain Rules on Donating Organs could Save 700 Lives a Year

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Britain plans to increase the number of donors to its members, by changing the rules of acceptance and the presumption of consent to donate organs, unless one is denied or demands.

 

The Health Ministry said on Sunday that the parliament will discuss legislation to implement the new framework for a donation of organs and tissues later this year, and is expected to enter into force in the spring of 2020.

“We think we can save up to 700 more lives a year by making these changes,” Health Secretary Jackie Doyle said in a statement.

There will be exceptions in the admissibility system, including those under the age of 18, those who lack the mental capacity to understand changes, and those who have not spent at least 12 months in England before death.

The acceptance assumption system is in place in Wales, and Scotland has also published a plan for a donation system based on the need to authorise refusal to donate organs.

The public health service said there were about 6,000 names on the UK transplant list and more than 400 patients died last year waiting for transplantation.

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