Six months since Max and Keira’s Law (Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2020) came into effect in England and saw the country shift to an ‘opt-out’ system for organ donation.
The new law, which saw England change to an opt-out system alongside Wales and Jersey, means that people in England are now considered as willing to donate, unless they have opted out, are in one of the excluded groups or have told their family they don’t want to donate.
New figures published by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) show that last year (2019/20) 1,580 people in the UK donated their organs after they died. In East Riding Of Yorkshire, 11 people gave the gift of life, by donating their organs after death.
The national deceased organ donor figures were on course to surpass the previous year’s total, but unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and had a wide-reaching impact across the whole NHS and every aspect of UK society.