NBTA has welcomed the change in the law on Organ donation. Orin Lewis OBE, NBTA co-chair, and CEO of ACLT said:
“6,000 people across the UK are currently waiting for a transplant and sadly many will die waiting. I am thrilled to hear the new opt-out organ donation system will be introduced on the 20th of May 2020.
Because one in five people who died on the organ transplant waiting list year were from a BAME background, and while we encourage people of all races to record their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register website, we have a particular focus on engaging with the black, Asian, mixed race and Minority Ethnic communities on this subject matter especially when ethnicity matching is so vital as many from this group are disproportionately affected.
Therefore it is important to understand donating organs will always remain a personal decision, even prior to the new system starting in May, so please visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/ to learn the facts, record your decision whilst informing loved ones on whatever your preference may be.”