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
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.