Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

British parliament paves way for organ-transplant bill

British parliament paves way for organ-transplant bill

Mr Robinson said his Bill would not "make an immediate difference tomorrow" but hoped in the coming years it would increase the availability of organs.

A new law in favour of an organ donor opt-out system is to be named after a boy from Cheshire.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party took part in Friday's debate to urge MPs to support what he described as a wonderful measure which he said would save many lives.

She said: "We are supporting this Bill, we are determined to ensure that we secure more organs available for transplant, because we are very concerned that we are losing lives unnecessarily".

The Private Member's Bill was introduced by Labour backbencher Geoffrey Robinson, and while it hasn't been voted into law just yet support from the government means it's highly likely that it will in the future.

Mr Robinson said a cautious assessment by the NHS suggested that the opt-out system, backed up with the right resources, could save up to 500 lives every year.

Latest figures released by have revealed that 47 people across the county have died in the last five years waiting for an organ transplant.

"So, in effect, preventing one third of available organs from being used". The government has already launched a consultation on opt-out organ donation, but it looks like things are moving ahead regardless.

The new measures will mean that unless a person has registered their opposition to their organs being used for transplant, medics will be legally allowed to take organs from people after they have passed away.

More than 23 million people are on the organ donor register in the United Kingdom and donation rates hit a record high a year ago.

It must then clear further stages in the Commons and undergo scrutiny in the House of Lords before becoming law.

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