NBTA welcomes ‘opt-out’ consultation

NBTA welcomes the announcement of an ‘opt-out’ consultation by the Government.

The focus of the consultation will be on three questions:

  • How much say should families have in their deceased relative’s decision to donate their organs?
  • When would exemptions to ‘opt-out’ be needed, and what safeguards will be necessary?
  • How might a new system affect certain groups depending on age, disability, race or faith?

Orin Lewis, Chief Executive of Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust & Co-Chair of National BAME Transplant Alliance said:

“As a parent of a young man who sadly passed away from Multiple Organ Failure, I gladly welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to instigate a much needed public Consultation on the relative positive and negative merits of England having an Opt Out Donation policy. Looking forward I am expecting a wide spectrum of heated but ultimately constructive views and opinions from key stakeholders across the public domain, with the end goal of ultimately saving many more lives across the wide diversity of patients in England needing an organ transplant.”

The consultation will run until the 6th March 2018.