Max's Donor Law Could Save 700 More Lives Every Year

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"It can not be right that a shortage of donors means people from minority ethnic backgrounds wait longer for a transplant than others", Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, said.

Grieving families are given the choice if a patient's wish to donate is not known, "but less than half give consent for the organs to be donated" says The Metro.

The vice president of the association said that in spite of much progress achieved over the past years, China should further promote organ donation to benefit more patients in the future.

China has recorded 18,433 voluntary organ donors who donated 52,213 organs from 2010 to mid-July this year, Zheng Shusen, Vice President of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, said.

Research shows 82% of people support organ donation, yet only 37% have recorded their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

He said: "This will also ease the agonising pain felt by many families who risk losing a loved one while they wait for an organ".

A similar opt-out system has been in place in Wales since 2015.

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'We believe that by making these changes, we can save as many as 700 more lives every year.

Our health and social care correspondent Victoria Macdonald has been to the Transplant Games in Birmingham - to find out how organ donations are transforming lives.

From this December, the register will allow them to state that their family or faith leaders should be involved in discussions to ensure that religious traditions are respected.

There are roughly 5,100 people on the waiting list in England and the government estimates that the new system has the potential to save 700 extra lives a year.

"If she can introduce legislation to pass budgets and set rates, then she can introduce a new measure which we know would immediately begin to save lives". "We need to address myths and misconceptions around donation, and we will only do this by having informed debate and dialogue, which I hope will be fostered by these proposals", she added.

The legislation was subsequently introduced a year ago, and will return to the House of Commons in the autumn to be voted on.

"But the issue really is how do we weigh up the number of lives saved with the need to respect fully the consent of the person who has just died to what happens to their organs".

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