Letter: Organ donation is now opt-out: Let your family know your wishes

The law on organ donation changed this year to allow more people to save more lives with an opt-out system. Details within

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This from Andy Hollebon, Chair, Isle of Wight Organ Donation Committee. Ed 

Every day across the UK someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.   And as we approach national Organ Donation Week (7th-13th September), we need to remember that organ donation really is the ultimate gift of life.  

Just one organ donor can save or transform up to nine people’s lives. 

Change in the law
This Organ Donation Week, we are raising awareness that the law around organ donation in England has changed. It changed in May this year to allow more people to save more lives with an opt-out system.  

Under the new legislation, all adults in England will be considered to be an organ and tissue donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.    

Make organ donation decision known to family
Covered by the change will still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor, and their families will still be involved before organ donation goes ahead.  

What everyone needs to do is to make their organ donation decision known to their family and friends.  This gives your family and friends the certainty to support your decision at a difficult time. 

No room for uncertainty
One of the hardest decisions we have with families when talking about organ donation, is when they don’t know their loved one’s organ donation decision.  

It leaves them so uncertain about what the right thing to do is. Please don’t leave your family facing this uncertainty. 

So, during this Organ Donation Week, please let them know your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donation Register.   And if you think you may be able to help our voluntary organ donation committee locally, please contact me on 07544-555839 or e-mail [email protected] or via our new Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

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16 Comments on "Letter: Organ donation is now opt-out: Let your family know your wishes"

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A friend of mine was waiting for a kidney transplant, her life put on hold, as she spent every other day travelling around the Island by ambulance, as it picked up more people on its way to the hospital. There she was put on a dialysis machine, before boarding the ambulance again to make the circuitous route home. She rolled up her sleeves one day and showed… Read more »

I agree absolutely. Your organs are not much good to you when you are gone but, as you have said, they can do untold good for somebody else. I have carried a card for years, now I do not need to. At my age it is debatable whether they would be any good but you never know,

Farming organs, or selling them to the highest bidder, is more likely under a privatised for-profit system. This undoubtedly goes on already. Default opt-in is a very sensible measure, (1) to avoid shortages that feed a rapacious unprincipled market, (2) because this is the sort of thing that many people might be willing to do in principle, but they don’t think of it — it’s not on… Read more »

Last February the Guardian reported The Department of Health and Social Care
has been selling the medical data of millions of NHS patients to American and other international drugs companies having misled the public into believing the information would be “anonymous”, according to leading experts in the field.

You can be assured the government have got their eyes on trading body parts to the highest bidder.

Yes, exactly — a trade in body parts is likely under the privatised system that this regime is hell-bent on foisting on us. I really do not understand people getting their knickers in a twist about ‘face nappies’ and ‘loss of rights’ (the loss of the right to go into a shop without a mask, as opposed to more fundamental rights) — and immigration — when the… Read more »

The one thing the British genuinely excel in is selective blindness, and here on the IW, as a community, we are world beaters in burying our heads in the sand.


Speaking of rights (actual rights, like the right to privacy, not the right to infect other people because you don’t like masks), the surveillance state is back on the policy menu under the auspices of Classic Dom. This is a link to the Times, so those of you who are usually so inclined may skip the knee-jerk comments the Grauniad.


I disagree with the change in law and as such appreciate the awareness letter. I of course have no issue with people wishing to donate their organs but have always thought it should be a sacrifice that should be opted in to, not presumed. I wonder how many will die having no clue that they have been opted in to a donation system they knew nothing about.… Read more »
Jenny Smart

I agree Dave.

What’s to stop this government trading in the human organ marketplace and earning revenue?


Are you suggesting the Tories bleed you dry whilst you are alive, and now they are after the rest of your body to sell to the highest bidder once you are dead?

Mark L Francis

How much for any body parts of a 62 year old man? (thought not).


It would have a retail value, just to practice procedures on

Steve Goodman

I hope that there are still enough of us prepared to donate our bodies for essential medical training after our inevitable deaths without expecting public funds to be diverted in return…


Of course there will. There will always be those who want to donate their bodies for medical science, the point is, it should be a conscious choice they have made, and not presumed they have.


I think what Fenton is questioning is, are we rapidly becoming a commodity owned by the state?


I agree ukdave. I am of the opinion that it should not be assumed that you consent to the donation of anything after your death, whether that is material goods or body parts. It should be a conscious choice to carry a donor card. I have opted out.