Max's Donor Law Could Save 700 More Lives Every Year

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The announcement follows a consultation earlier this year, in which the Government sought views from members of the public about organ donation, receiving an unprecedented 17,000 responses.

The UK has announced plans to introduce a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in a bid to meet the urgent need for organs for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The new plan shifts the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation, with an opt out for those who do not wish to take part, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

The new consent model will allow individuals to record "religious faith needs" on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

According to NHS records, only 7% of donors a year ago were from BAME backgrounds, with Indians accounting for just 1.9%.

Three people still die each day in need of an organ transplant - and now there are 5,100 people in England on the waiting list.

However many over 50s don't join the NHS Organ Donor Register or tell their families they want to donate because they don't think their organs could help other people.

The legislation was subsequently introduced a year ago, and will return to the House of Commons in the autumn to be voted on. There will also be strict safeguards in place and specialist nurses will always discuss donation with families so an individual's wishes are respected.

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Those who do not want to donate their organs can record their decision on the Organ Donor Register.

"I want to encourage people who wish to give life in the event of their death to take the time to record their wishes and discuss it with their family", she said.

Doyle-Price added: "We know this new system alone is not a magic bullet".

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We're incredibly grateful to all the families in Tyne and Wear who have chosen to say "yes" to organ donation".

A 12-month transition period will pave the way for the launch.

"It's still really important for all of us to have conversations with our loved ones about organ donation so our wishes can be met if the worst should happen".