New Organ Donation Rules - England 20.05.2020
A new system for organ donation that will save hundreds of lives has come into law today - 20th May 2020, with the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill receiving Royal Assent on 15 March 2019.
Royal Assent means the bill is now an act of parliament and after it's 12 month settling in period is now fully implemented in England.
The Organ Donation Act will mean adults in England will be considered potential donors unless they chose to opt out or are excluded. The act is known as Max and Keira’s law in honour of a boy who received a heart transplant and the girl who donated it.
The new law will help to reduce the number of people waiting for a life-saving transplant.
Those excluded from the plans include:
- children under 18
- people who lack the mental capacity to understand the changes for a significant period before their death
- people who have not lived in England for at least 12 months before their death
There will also be strict safeguards in place and specialist nurses will always discuss donation with families so an individual’s wishes are respected.
Those who do not wish to donate their organs will still be able to record their decision on the NHS Organ Donation Register
More details on the law can be found here