Organ donor scheme could save hundreds

NHS figures show that donor numbers in the UK have increased in all but one of the past 10 years

NHS figures show that donor numbers in the UK have increased in all but one of the past 10 years

Family members could no longer have a say over whether their loved ones donate their organs upon death as part of new opt-out proposals.

A consultation on a potential shake-up of the service in England has created the potential for the deceased to make the decision alone.

The Gibraltar Dialysis Patients and Friends Association has welcomed the announcement made by the Government that the GHA are preparing to make organ donation an option for the people of Gibraltar.

In any case, medics must seek approval from the dead person's family before pressing ahead with an organ transfer.

Theresa May announced in October that the law would be changed so that people's organs can be used unless they opt out.

Latest figures show there were 33 cases in Wales where deemed consent was applied past year, and in 13 cases the families did not support the decision to donate an organ. He said cultural and religious beliefs, and not knowing a patient's preference, are the main two obstacles for increasing donation rates.

Speaking at a briefing at the Science Media Centre in London, said: "It's got the nation talking and anything that gets people discussing organ donation is a positive".

The charity spokesperson said it is proud to see that its "calls to both the GHA and the Department of Health in the United Kingdom in respect of Gibraltar residents having access to the UK NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donor List and now being able to reciprocate with local organ donations to the UK has not fallen on deaf ears".

"It's the changes in the infrastructure (and best practice such as identifying all potential donors, and best use of retrieval teams) that have made the most difference, rather than the legislation". There is that view that opt-out is seen as the best thing since sliced bread and that it will sort the problem out.

"It will always be making the most of every single opportunity, raising awareness, getting people to think about what they want to happen and talk about what they want to happen". "Assuming opt-out does come in, it's hard to know how much difference that will make". "I want a system that supports the family in this bad situation but actually respects the wishes of those who've died". The online consultation has received more than 11,000 responses - similar consultations rarely get into four figures suggesting huge public interest in the potential change.