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Britain plans to increase the number of organ donors

To increase the number of organ donors planned Britain, changing the regulation to provide that everyone agrees to be donors if they have not stated their opposition. Relevant legislation on donation of organs and tissues will be discussed in Parliament later in time, and new regulations are expected to enter into force in the Spring of 2020, the Health Ministry said today.

“We believe that by making these changes we can save up to 700 more lives each year,” said Jackie Doyle-Pryce, responsible for equality and mental health.

There will be exceptions to the “presumed consensus”, including those under the age of 18, those who do not have the mental capacity to perceive the change in the system and those who did not live in the UK for at least a year before their death.

In Wales, the system of “presumed consensus” applies, while Scotland has released a plan for an opt-out system, as reported by the Athens News Agency.

About 6,000 people in Britain are on a waiting list for a transplant, and last year more than 400 patients died while waiting to be transplanted, the public health service said.