Doctors’ Joy As Number Of People Donating Their Organs After Death Rose By 95 Per Cent In A Decade

Doctors’ Joy As Number Of People Donating Their Organs After Death Rose By 95 Per Cent In A Decade

THE NUMBER of Brits donating their organs after death has doubled in a decade, official figures reveal. A record 1,575 gave the gift of life to transp

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THE NUMBER of Brits donating their organs after death has doubled in a decade, official figures reveal. A record 1,575 gave the gift of life to transplant patients in 2017/18 – up 11 per cent in a year.

It was the biggest increase in deceased donors for almost three decades, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. And overall numbers were twice as high as 2007/8 when there were just 809.

Alamy Hundreds of Brits die while waiting for an organ transplant every year

The rise comes after Theresa May announced plans to introduce an “opt-out” system for organ donation. Currently anyone who wants their body to be used for transplants after death has to join the donor register.

But ministers are keen to introduce a new system of deemed consent. Under proposals launched in December, it will be presumed a person agrees to be a donor unless they specifically say no.

Wales introduced an opt-out system in 2015. Every day three patients die needing life-saving transplant. There are currently 6,044 people across the UK waiting list for an organ.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “I am so grateful to all those families who have chosen to help others at a time of personal tragedy. This news will give hope to the desperately ill people who are waiting for that lifesaving phone call.

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