Letters Increasing organ donation

Time to debate an opt-out system for organ donation in England as well as the rest of the UK

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6140 (Published 19 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6140
  1. Mike Hobday, director of policy1
  1. 1British Heart Foundation, London NW1 7AW, UK
  1. hobdaym{at}bhf.org.uk

Sharif warns that introducing an opt-out system for organ donation will not be a panacea.1 He is right. But supporters of an opt-out system, such as the British Heart Foundation, have never claimed that it will be.

Changing to an opt-out system does, of course, need to be accompanied by awareness raising, education, and investment in infrastructure. Even then, sadly, not everyone who needs a transplant will get …

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