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Are you happy to remain opted-in for organ donation?

A new organ donation law is introduced today, where most adults in England are now automatically considered organ donors unless they opt-out, aimed at boosting the number of transplants giving hope to people waiting on life-saving operations.

A similar law was introduced in Wales in 2015, while Scotland is due to have such a measure in place by autumn 2020. Northern Ireland continues to have an opt-in system.

Max and Keira’s law sees a shift to an opt-out system, whereby those aged 18 and over are deemed to have given consent to donate their own organs when they die, unless they explicitly state otherwise or are in an excluded group.

Keira Ball saved four lives, including that of Max Johnson, also aged nine at the time, after her father allowed doctors to use her organs for transplants following a crash in 2017.

It is hoped the law, which takes effect from Wednesday, will lead to an additional 700 transplants each year by 2023, and spark conversations around organ donation.

Faizan Awan, one of thousands of people across the UK awaiting a transplant, said: “For many people like me, who are waiting for an organ, the law change is a sign of hope and a transplant would dramatically change my life in a number of ways.

“With the new law coming into effect, it is now more important than ever to talk about organ donation and get the conversation going amongst our family and friends.”

Anthony Clarkson, director of organ and tissue donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said: “We hope this law change will prompt all of us to consider whether or not we would want to donate our organs and encourage us all to register and share our decision with our family and friends.”

He added that people should be aware they will still have a choice on whether or not to donate, and reassured the public that families will still be consulted, and faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

Mr Awan, 33, from Blackburn, is waiting on his third kidney transplant, having received one as a child and, after that failed, another when he was a teenager.

He has been on the waiting list for the past two and a half years.

He said: “This will be my third transplant and will be the most complicated yet as it will need to be a near perfect match – which means it needs to come from my own community.

“This means it is incredibly likely I will be waiting for a while as the Asian community are underrepresented as donors on the NHS organ donor register.”

He urged people to look into organ donation and see how it can work alongside religious and cultural beliefs.

Acknowledging the increased effect of Covid-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, Kirit Modi, honorary president of National BAME Transplant Alliance, said his organisation is working closely with NHSBT to “carefully consider and work to address any disproportionate impact on BAME patients”.

The number of transplants taking place across the UK recently has dropped dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic, with figures from NHSBT showing that just 99 such operations were performed in April compared with 244 in March.

NHSBT said it is working closely with transplant centres who are considering re-opening their programmes in a phased return to normal as NHS services are scaled up again.

Health minister Lord Bethall said earlier this week that while the law comes into force on Wednesday it may not come into practice straight away “due to the limitations of Covid”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Today we celebrate a milestone for organ donation as we move to a new system of deemed consent in England which will mean hundreds more lives could be transformed each year.

The law change has been widely welcomed by charities including the British Heart Foundation and Kidney Care UK.

What are your views? Are you happy to be automatically opted-in for organ donation if needed, or would you prefer to opt-out?

Are you happy to remain opted-in for organ donation?

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Richard65
17th Jul 2020
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What hasn't been made clear right from the start is what organ donation means. What are you donating your organs for?

Many years ago, I person could sell their body for medical research. This would of course mean that students could get to dissect and get to learn about the anatomy of a specific organ, Now under this plan, they can just take a persons organs for what ever reason.

I am a liver transplantee and for most of my life I have always carried a donor card. I wouldn't be writing this comment if it wasn't for my donor, to whom I am eternally grateful. But when a organ is harvest and is planned to be used for a transplant, it first has to be tested to make sure it is viable and suitable for use, If it isn't fit for purpose it is simply thrown away,

Once a person agrees to donate their organs, or fails to notify of their wishes after their death, Their organs can be taken for what ever purpose the harvesting team want them for, This is not mentioned or made clear on the donation website. Also the donors family still have the final say,
ChrisH24
28th May 2020
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I am keen that when I quit this mortal coil my body should be disposed of as economically and ergonomically as possible and if I can improve life for those left behind that's fine by me. However, I believe in freedom of choice and assuming a person has opted in is an infringement of the liberty to choose
Jacpal
28th May 2020
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I have always been a blood donor and willing organ donor, I think that if I can help save others lives if needed, I am sure a large percentage of the ‘doubters’ would not refuse the said issues for themselves or their families if god forbid it ever happened to them! And if you feel that strong about it just opt out - simples!
Supersabre
25th May 2020
3
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What ever happened to freedom of choice? The people who carry a. donor card opted in of their own free will. Not because the state or its officials told them to. Now parents of children in care cannot refuse or object to their children having the MMR vaccination.. The next step will be all children. Again, whatever happened to freedom of choice?
LoveLakeland
31st May 2020
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I agree with this posting and do believe there should be a choice and no one has been officially told about this in the post or from our doctors. Many people may not realise. There is a great to be considered in organ donation as though organs may look healthy we really do not know what genetic mutations or conditions could be passed on. I can see that the pressure on organs for transplantation is becoming more but the system could be up for misuse and wrong decisions made in preserving the life of the doner. With regard vaccination, that parents of children in care have had their right to refuse vaccination is appalling. Anyone who questions the safety of vaccines is wrongly called an anti-vaxxer but vaccines are not wholly safe and many parents are concerned about the immediate or long term effects that vaccinations can bring. Anyone with auto-immunity already present in their family is at great risk on vaccination of any kind and there are religious grounds. There is no informed consent on vaccines, nor are vaccine makers liable to prosecution so to withdraw the rights of parents of children in care on vaccines is totally wrong.
SueC62
23rd May 2020
2
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I 'opted in' many years ago and having discussed with my son, who thankfully thinks like me on many subjects, I'm confident he wouldn't overturn my decision. I'm also keen that my body is disposed of in the most ecological and economical manner. I'm quite dismayed at the high % of people who would opt out but then I find myself at odds with a lot of the votes on Silversurfers.
BrianB54
22nd May 2020
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Can't believe the narrow minded excuses that some people use to oppose this wholly sensible policy. It is usually religion , the government "taking" or suspicion about how the policy would be operated. What could be better than saving someone else's life when yours is over. I'd support Billythe quiche's comment "I would legislate that anyone refusing to opt-in, would be disqualified from receiving one." What a good idea!!!
Valleyman
21st May 2020
1
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Living in Wales we've been opted in for a while. But why wouldn't you be? We use our bodies while we live, and then pass them on so someone else will benefit. It's a gracious gesture which costs you nothing.
M4lcolm
21st May 2020
1
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Definitely. Have always carried a donor card and registered on line when that facility was brought out. Also include those instructions in my Will - though that is a bit after the event.
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I believe that once you become a donor your life is not your own
Should you need urgent treatment and they know that you are a donor I do ot believe that the powers that be will try to save your life.
Dellboy
20th May 2020
1
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Being a cancer survivor,the question is moot.My organs would be unsuitable,however as a practising Christian I'm opposed.Holy Writ has it,'In this body,shall I see God'.I take this to mean this complete body.
Phealey
20th May 2020
2
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I have had an organ donor card for some years now.but I made that choice. You should not have to opt out of an enforced situation. What about those people who will not be aware of this change
Hazel
20th May 2020
0
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Yes, i'm opted in.
Flower41
20th May 2020
1
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I opted in back in the 80's and still have my card
Mari50
20th May 2020
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Most definately. If someone dies and the organs are in good condition then if they can help someone else. Go for it. The only people I would not help were drunks unless they decided to change life atound. If they didnt then it would be a waste as someone elses life could have been saved
JudithK38
20th May 2020
2
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Yes I'm happy to donate. Two years ago we lost our youngest son who was waiting for a liver transplant unfortunately it didn't happen quick enough ,he was on the waiting list two years, then the cancer spread rapidly and he passed away. No parent should have to go through that.
Yagala
20th May 2020
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To me the NHS is the government because they are paid by them and do as told what to do. I have 2 scans and a biopsie and they still do not know what ails me or what.
I have read an article that just over 50% of the scanners are not working well or at all, what an NHS, thus I go through life being ill and not being helped at all in any way.
Billythequiche
20th May 2020
2
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Of course! Our views are also known to our relatives. Unless your views are bound by a strong religious prejudice, it should be a no-brainer. Simple question, if you were dying prematurely from a condition only cured by a transplant, would you accept one?
Sorry, here is where I risk offending people. I would go further. I would legislate that anyone refusing to opt-in, would be disqualified from receiving one.
Margaret Hart
20th May 2020
1
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Perfectly happy to be left on the list and I don’t understand those who are not. Once you are dead nothing is any use to you so why not give someone. Else a chance to Live fuller life.
Transplant parts are very sparse so why would anyone not want to help and why would they y not want to give someone the gift of life..
Yagala
20th May 2020
3
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Why is it in the government that when they need something they just take it "without as much as by your leave?" It does not matter if it is valables, money, land, goods or anything else.
My body parts are mine as I was born with them and nobody but nobody has any rights to just take as if they were spare parts to be used by anybody and everybody.
Margaret Hart
20th May 2020
1
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It would not be the Government taking the - it would be the NHS hoping hoping to save the life of someone who would otherwise die. With most people it would just be burnt so what a terrible waste.
GillianR33
20th May 2020
1
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I have donated my whole body to science and so can't give organ donations.
nanabet48
20th May 2020
3
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Like Happy Hippie, I have carried a donor card since the 70's and they can use whatever is still useable when I go. My partner is the same and we think this scheme should have been adopted years ago. As they have been saying on the TV, talk it over with your family so everyone knows your wishes.
HappyHippie
20th May 2020
3
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I have carried a donor card since the 70s , I think the opt out is a really good idea as there are a lot of people who wouldn't mind their organs being used but just don't bother to register or get a card and their next of kin just don't know, the people who feel strongly about not donating will definitely make it clear they do not want their organs used,
Artyann
20th May 2020
5
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I already carry a donor card so I am happy and I do hope this ruling enables many more transplants
jackiemikecarter
20th May 2020
6
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So many potential donors are overlooked as with the previous system you had to opt in, not out! I sincerely hope that this enables more donations to be carried out.
arnoldbradford
20th May 2020
5
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Have already opted in and will stay in until I am unable to.
Wipeout
20th May 2020
5
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I have been a person of 'different ability' since birth but I have had a donor card for around 45+ years...(pregnant pause)...ironically it is nestled in my wallet next to my "In Case Of Emergency" card which lists all of my ailments if I ever have an accident or get shipped to hospital.

I remain optomistic that there may be something that is useful to someone else in the unfortunate state of my demise.

It is just nice to think that part of me was useful to someone, even if only for a short time.
jamilla2029
20th May 2020
3
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Although I have commented favourably I am already registered.
Mary Lincoln
20th May 2020
6
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I have been on the donors register for some years. My organs are of no use to me when l am nearing death so, why not help someone who has the chance to live a better life.l have also said l have no wish to be resuscitated.
blackbeard
20th May 2020
6
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yes, please take whatever is useful, my family have given full support

once the physical life has gone from my body why burn it or bury it? such a waste

If just one part of my older body can help a younger person live on or more comfortably then so be it
Silvermite
20th May 2020
1
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I. Immediately opted out of the scheme as soon as I heard yesterday as, like Bob Scott, I have very personal reasons. I have no objections to anyone wishing to donate but there is no way I would trust an outsider to make that decision. Donation is a very personal matter and it would seem wise to make your wishes well known so that no one else has to make that decision.

If anyone wishes to opt out or opt in you can do so online and then let your friends and family know what you have done. The decision is registered with the National Donation Register. https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision
bob scott
20th May 2020
1
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Why! do I want to opt out, for very personal reasons, going back many years that left the family devastated and or still raw till this day, I know most people will have no objections, I say good for them. But I think here are a few people with personal issues who would be effected by a trauma past, That would say no as is there human right to say so. I also will not go into discussion or answer anyone's Thank you. Bob. Scott.
suzij64
20th May 2020
5
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I've carried an organ donor card for years, although as I get older and the list of things I have wrong with me increases, I'm not sure anyone would want any of my organs. But I'm happy if there's any bits they can use after I'm gone, it's not as if I'll be needing them anymore.
Sue141954
20th May 2020
3
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I would not be happy to automatically opt-in to the NHS organ donor scheme, the same way as I would not be happy to automatically opt-in to any scheme, subscription, etc. It is, in my opinion a dangerous road to go down.
Owlie
20th May 2020
4
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I have been on the list for many years but as I am now 80 am unsure if any organs would be suitable ... however if they are more than happy to donate.
I am disappointed that families are able to change this decision as I feel the donator’s choice should be respected unconditionally irrespective of others feelings.
Yodama
20th May 2020
6
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It wouldn't matter to me what organs they harvest from my corpse. Always good to recycle our organs.
There are so many young people waiting for transplants of one kind or another, so if I could help them regain a healthy lifestyle when I am dead, I am all for it.

Just make sure your family are informed of your intentions, they could become very upset at the thought of their beloved dearly departed being cut open and organs removed.
Retiredyorkie
20th May 2020
4
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I have been on the register for years - don't know if my organs would be suitable as a senior now but if any are they would be very welcome to use them - better in someone else body than in the crematorium,
Wilf
20th May 2020
6
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I would be delighted to help someone else in need and why on earth would I need my organs when I am deceased?
Munsterlander
20th May 2020
6
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Yes it is fine although at my age I cannot see why they would want worn out old bits-a bit like an 80-year-old car really. But Yes we should all subscribe to this as in our hour of need if we wanted a kidney or some other organ we would do anything to have it.
Sue
20th May 2020
7
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My husband had liver cancer and last August he had a liver transplant . Without it who knows where he would be today. Unfortunately it takes someone to die to harvest their liver. Thank you to the 79 year old gentleman who unfortunately passed away but was on the transplant register. Thank God this gentleman had the foresight to share his organs after he died.
Felix1
20th May 2020
7
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If they can find owt worth having, they are welcome.
Nannypink
20th May 2020
6
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Too many other lives are lost simply because of lack of organs, if mine are deemed suitable then so be it. I also firmly believe that if you have not opted out and under this new law, your family should not be approached at a sad time for them to gain their permission
MayaMac
20th May 2020
7
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Whilst I am anti the you’re-in-till-you-say-you’re-out model in this instance I do agree. If people feel so strongly their organs should not be used after death then they will actively ensure they have opted out. This method captures the shoulda-woulda-couldas and those who are unlikely to make an active choice as well as those who simply do not care.

Cannot see anything wrong in it at all and should only be viewed as an infringement of rights if one is unable to unsubscribe to the process.

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