Opt-out organ donor system
preferred by three-quarters of English people, poll finds

The proposed new system
would allow any person opposed to donating their organs to opt out

three-quarters of English people are in favour of an opt-out organ donor
system, new research shows.

survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that 74% of people are in
favour of such a system – where people are registered as a potential donor
unless they state otherwise.

poll of 2,000 people in England comes ahead of a debate in the House of Commons
on Friday on a new Bill which would introduce such a system in England.

BHF is urging people to lobby their MPs ahead of the debate.

survey also found that among those who were not in favour of a change in the
law, 42% said they were put off by concerns that they would not be able to opt
out or would find it difficult to do so.

charity said the proposed new system would allow any person opposed to donating
their organs to opt out.

poll also showed that many members of the public underestimate how many people
are on the organ transplant waiting list and how many people die while waiting
for anorgan.

Blood and Transplant figures show that nearly 6,300 people are currently on the
UKorgan transplant waiting list.

nearly 500 people died last year while on the waiting list, or being taken off
the list after becoming too unwell for transplant.

The BHF said its poll also
showed that many people are not aware of family members’ wishes when it comes
to organ donation.

Gillespie, chief executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “There
is a desperate shortage of organs in the UK and introducing an opt-out system
in England will better reflect the views of the general public and give hope to
those currently waiting for a transplant they so desperately need.

are urging everyone to encourage their local MP to attend Parliament this
Friday to debate a Bill that could save lives.”

opt-out system has been operating in Wales since December 2015, and in June
last year the Scottish Government announced plans to move to a soft opt-out

on the poll, Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for
NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Under the proposed system you would be a
donor unless you don’t want to donate.

if you support organ donation you don’t need to wait. Tell your family now that
you want to become a life-saving donor. People are dying every day in need of a

The BHF has set up a web form
to enable people to write to their MP to urge them to attend the debate, which
can be found at: bhf.org.uk/organdonation.