The UK law on organ donation will very soon be changing and only 37% of adults in England are aware.
February the 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day – it’s also Organ Donation Awareness Day and we know that this is quite an emotive subject to cover, but it’s one we aren’t afraid to tackle. Not only is it a thought-provoking topic – making us face our own mortality, but it’s also important for employers and candidates who deserve absolute clarity on the new UK law which comes into effect very soon.
From spring 2020, all adults in England will agree to donate their organs when they die – unless they record a decision not to.
The only exclusions are; under 18s, those who lack the capacity to understand the change, if they have lived in England less than 12 months before they die and those who are not living here voluntarily.
You see, it’s uncomfortable. But the absolutely incredible thing is – 6,000 people in the UK who are on the waitlist for an organ transplant will be given the most precious gift of all.
Did you know?
- 8 in 10 people in England said they would definitely donate or would consider donating their organs, yet only a third told their family
- Every day in the UK, 3 people who would have benefited from a transplant die due to lack of donors, and 6,000 people are still waiting
- A survey by NHS Blood and Transplant in 2019, found that a mere 37% of people over 16 were aware about the new law regarding organ donation
- You can save up to 9 lives by passing your organs on when you die
- Since April 2019, 3148 people have received a transplant
Things you need to know:
A little grizzly, but we feel it’s important to understand the law and know the facts …
‘Presumed consent’ is limited to routine transplants, not rare procedures such as face, uterus or hands.
Children can apply to be an organ donor at the NHS Organ Donor Register but must have parental permission.
Most people die in circumstances that make it impossible to donate their organs. In fact, only 1 in 100 people who die in the UK are able to donate their organs. Donors are usually people who have died in intensive care or an emergency department.
You can agree to be a donor but specify which organs you would like to donate.
Organ donation will be discussed with your loved ones after you die, so it’s still important to let your family know what you want. You should also consider changing your will if necessary.
Max and Keira’s law
You may hear the new opt-out legislation referred to as Max and Keira’s law. Max Johnson was just 9 years old when he received a life-saving heart transplant. His gift of life came from a 9 year old girl called Keira Ball who has passed away in a car accident. Once recovered from his surgery, Max campaigned to raise awareness about organ donation, and in 2018 the government announced the law would be changing. They referred to the new bill as Max’s law – in recognition of his tireless efforts. It was Max who announced that the law should, in fact, be named Max and Keira’s Law.
During this month of love and giving, we would like to show our support for the Pass It On campaign #organdonation and #maxandkeiraslaw.
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