The department of health wants to find out what people think about the government’s plans to change the organ donation system.
At the moment, a person’s organs can only be donated if a person has agreed to this when they were alive. The government is thinking about changing this so that everyone will be considered a willing donor unless they ‘opt out’ and say they do not want to donate their organs when they die. If the law changes, there would be an increase in the number of donated organs and more lives would be saved.
The department of health is particularly keen to hear people’s views on the following:
- How government can increase rates of organ donation, particularly from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities
- How the issue of consent should be managed within the NHS
- What role technology could play in helping people to discuss their preferences with family
- How opt out could work in practice, what safeguards would be necessary, and how families could be supported
How can I find out more?
You can read more about organ donation and the consultation here.
How do I take part?
If you wish to take part, you can complete the online survey before the consultation closes on 6 March 2018.