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Opt-out organ donation 'in place by 2020' for England

06/08/2018

A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves "Max's Law".

Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be.

The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year.

In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England.

A similar opt-out system has been in place in Wales since 2015. Scotland plans to introduce a similar schemeand Northern Ireland has also expressed an interest.

"Max's Law" is named after Max Johnson, from Cheshire, who was saved by a heart transplant.

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