NBTA welcomes consultation on opt-out organ donation in England

The National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA) welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a consultation on an opt-out organ donation system in England.

Orin Lewis, Co-Chair of NBTA said: “This is very welcome news. NBTA has been working to raise the number of donors for several years now. Black, Asian, mixed-race and minority ethnic comm
unities have some of the highest levels of need, but some of the lowest rates of donations. We see people who are waiting for years, whose quality of life would be transformed by a transplant.”

The Welsh Government introduced an opt-out system in December 2015. Scotland is also looking to introduce a ‘soft-opt out’ system.

Kirit Mistry, Co-Chair of NBTA said: “This consultation gives us a real opportunity to work out a system that will close the inequalities faced by Black, Asian, mixed-race and minority ethnic communities. We look forward to working with the consultation team to make sure the voice of our communities is heard.”