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BMA annual meeting: BMA calls for opt-out organ donation to become UK-wide

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 22 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3504
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Doctors have called for the BMA to lobby the governments in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to implement an opt-out system for organ donation.

In December 2015 a “soft” opt-out system for organ donation was introduced in Wales. Under the new system, if someone has not registered a clear organ donation decision—namely, if they have not opted in or out—they are treated as having no objection to being an organ donor. This …

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